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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.”

The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season heads to Qatar next for a thrilling showdown with three prestigious titles still up for grabs.

Rob Huff joined fellow winners Edoardo Mortara and Daniel Ticktum in celebrating their respective triumphs in Macau this afternoon.

A faultless display on his Macau debut has ensured that Thed Björk tops the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers’ heading to the season-closing double-header in Qatar later this month.

Rob Huff made history by winning for a record-breaking ninth time around the Guia street track as he dominated a wet Main Race at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau while Norbert Michelisz cut Thed Björk’s title lead to 6.5 points with two races left in Qatar next month.

Rob Huff claimed the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy to cap a successful FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau weekend for the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver.

Former world champion Rob Huff has claimed a record-breaking ninth Guia Race win as he dominated a wet Main Race at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau.