Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk made the most of wet and difficult conditions in Hungary to break into the top five twice of this weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Championship races.
”I am proud to claim my so far best result with a top five finish on a for us completely new circuit and in wet conditions of which we have virtually no experience on with the new car,” said Ekblom, who finished fourth in the first race.
Despite being forced to change engine following issues from the past race weekend in Slovaka, missing vital testing time, Björk and the team around him fought hard to equal his and team mate Ekblom’s best result so far by finishing fourth in the second race.
The four-time STCC champion then immediately left the circuit after the final race for the airport as he is about to become a father.
”I had an awesome race! I missed testing on Friday, had to start last in the first race and then had to fight an extremely slippery track. To crown the weekend by being so close to a podium finish feels very rewarding. But now I am going to go home and become a father!” said Björk.
The FIA WTCC races in Hungary concludes the third race weekend in just four weeks for Polestar Cyan Racing, with two new milestones reached in the form of Björk making it to the Q3 session of qualifying and both drivers breaking into the top five in the races.
”The wet conditions this weekend were probably the worst possible for us. That the team managed to deliver under these circumstances is incredibly inspiring. Next up is the tight street circuit in Marrakech, completely different to the first three races we’ve had and it is going to be very exciting taking on that challenge,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
Next up is the WTCC Race of Morocco at the rebuilt Marrakech circuit in two weeks on May 7-8th.
WTCC Race of Hungary
Length: 4381 m
Lap record (WTCC): 1:50.119, Muller
1 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée 14 laps
2 Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée +3.313
3 Nicky Catsburg Citroën C-Elysée +6.367
4 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +13.918
5 Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta +14.466
16 Thed Björk Volvo S60
1 José-María López Citroën C-Elysée 17 laps
2 Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée +2.821
3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +14.981
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +18.026
5 Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée +19.834
11 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +42.681
1 José María López Citroën C-Elysée 1:46.109
2 Tom Coronel Chevrolet Cruze +0.609
3 Rob Huff Honda Civic +0.724
4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.786
5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.871
Q2 – Top 5
1 Rob Huff Honda Civic 1:46.349
2 José-María López Citroën C-Elysée +0.050
3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.070
4 Tom Coronel Chevrolet Cruze +0.108
5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.144
9 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.482
Q1 – Top 5
1 José-María López Citroën C-Elysée 1:46.261
2 Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta +0.372
3 Rob Huff Honda Civic +0.445
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.461
5 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée +0.552
10 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.732
1 José María López Citroën C-Elysée 106 pts
2 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 94 (-12)
3 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée 77 (-29)
4 Rob Huff Honda Civic 60 (-46)
5 Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée 54 (-52)
11 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 19 (-87)
11 Thed Björk Volvo S60 19 (-87)
1 Citroën 263 pts
2 Honda 223 (-40)
3 Lada 133 (-130)
4 Polestar 66 (-197)