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Björk’s WTCC mission accomplished… by half a point

Björk’s WTCC mission accomplished… by half a point

16/10/2017 18:00

Thed Björk leads the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the first time following “one of the most eventful race weekends” in China.

Björk arrived at the all-new Ningbo International Speedpark 12 points off top spot in the race for the coveted crown.

With Tiago Monteiro absent from WTCC Race of China while he recovers from injuries sustained in a testing crash in Spain last month, Björk has moved to the head of the pack for Polestar Cyan Racing despite non-scoring in the Opening Race.

“This is no doubt one of the most eventful race weekends I have ever experienced,” said the Swede, whose lead over Monteiro stands at half a point. “My goal was to claim the world championship lead and I have done just that. We had some issues that we need to learn from moving forward, but the really positive thing we take from here is we can be competitive in the rain so it will be a fight to the end with our competitors from Honda.

“To lead the championship feels really strange, the same as not winning the race in the right way [after it was stopped early]. I just feel like we are closer in the battle and that will continue to the rest of the season. I am just a little ahead but it doesn’t matter.”

Tiago Monteiro, a race winner and title contender during the final season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, has received Portugal’s Sport Merit Award.

Comtoyou Racing has signed its second FIA World Touring Car Cup contender in as many days with the addition of Aurélien Panis to its WTCR line-up for 2018.

WTCR Q&A: Denis Dupont

18/01/2018 12:00 - 2017

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

Belgium’s motorsport federation, the RACB, has identified the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup as the ultimate international launch pad for its young star driver, Denis Dupont.

The man behind the Honda Civic Type R TCR project hopes several examples of the car will be on the grid when the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup begins in Morocco on 7 April.

Súper TC2000 champion Facundo Ardusso would consider racing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup when the WTCR visits his native Argentina in August – providing he received an invitation to do so.