​Santiago Urrutia heads Lynk & Co Cyan Racing 1-2 in Portugal


Santiago Urrutia and Yann Ehrlacher secured a Lynk & Co Cyan Racing 1-2 on the streets of Vila Real as the FIA World Touring Car Cup held its fifth race weekend of 2022.

The duo started from the front row and held the lead throughout the race to secure vital points to the championship.

"It's been a really good weekend with pole and victory in the first race. We have collected some big points which was our main target for the races here in Portugal. The next race is going to be tougher with more weight onboard, so we need to keep fighting hard," said Santiago Urrutia.

"The first race was good, with strong points for the team which is the main goal. I broke my front anti-roll bar in the second race but could still salvage some points," said Yann Ehrlacher.

The duo heads from Portugal in second and third position of the drivers' championship respectively, trailing points leader Mikel Azcona of Hyundai by 16 and 20 points.

Ma Qing Hua secured two top six finishes to continue his strong run of consistent results, climbing to seventh position in the drivers' championship.

"It has been a good weekend for the team, collecting a lot of points. I had good pace in both races, but it's very difficult to overtake. My results have still been quite good and the team has made strong progress in the standings. I'm looking forward to the next races in Italy," said Ma Qing Hua.

Yvan Muller heads from the streets of Vila Real with a fourth place finish in the final race as his best result, having started from the reversed grid pole position.

"My first race stopped too early after I was hit on my rear tyre which meant that I got a puncture. The second race was tough as I lost a big lead when the safety car came on track. Then I lost too much time during the joker lap, it was my mistake and I'm sorry for the guys," said Yvan Muller.

Thed Björk had another tough weekend, retiring from the first race due to damage from an incident while he crossed the finishing line of race two in eleventh position.

"There was a lot of incidents in the two races and I tried to help my team-mates as much as I could. It was another weekend to forget for me personally, but I am happy to see the team scoring so strongly in a very tough weekend," said Thed Björk.

The strong Portuguese result has brought Cyan Performance Lynk & Co (Urrutia/Ma/Björk) and Cyan Racing Lynk & Co (Ehrlacher/Muller) to a joint second position overall, just seven points from the lead.

The next FIA World Touring Car Cup race weekend will take place at Vallelunga in Italy on July 23-24.

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