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Polestar Cyan Racing hits WTCC half-time in Russia this weekend

 

Polestar Cyan Racing is heading to Moscow Raceway for the sixth FIA World Touring Car Championship race of 2016 this weekend, meaning half of the races done, following a promising weekend in Germany two weeks ago where Thed Björk challenged for a podium finish.

 

Five fast facts

  • Moscow Raceway was opened in 2012

  • WTCC has raced at Moscow Raceway since 2013

  • Polestar Cyan Racing has topped all speed traps so far this season

  • Moscow Raceway is designed by renowned F1 circuit architect Hermann Tilke

  • Polestar Cyan Racing has never before raced in Russia

 

Björk started third for the first race in Germany at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife and had caught the race leader after the first 25 kilometre lap when a technical issue unfortunately put his race to an end.

  

”We showed that we have pace to challenge for the top and to show that this early in the season is very rewarding. Our journey continues this weekend on Moscow Raceway where I have never been before but I am very much looking forward to it to continue moving forward,” said Thed Björk.

  

Team mate Fredrik Ekblom scored world championship points in both races in Germany and has so far finished in the points in seven out of ten races.

  

”I am never pleased until I am on top of the podium. But the main thing so far is that we have been in the points in the majority of the races, promising for a strong second half of our first WTCC season,” said Fredrik Ekblom.

  

Polestar Cyan Racing has so far completed ten race heats and most importantly gathered vast amounts of data.

  

”We have reached a level where we begin to understand the car, something that gives our team and drivers confidence to push for race results. Yet we are continuously heading for new tracks where we have no data. Confidence is good, but it is also a challenge to remain realistic and don't forget the importance this year’s data collection has in the long term,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

  

The WTCC weekend in Moscow starts with testing on Friday, practice and qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday, both broadcasted live on Eurosport. Follow the team live during the weekend through: http://wtcc.polestar.com

  

WTCC Race of Russia

Circuit: Moscow Raceway

Length: 3931 m

Lap record (WTCC): 1:40.148 (López)

  

Schedule

(Times in CET)

Friday 10/6

12:30 Testing (30 min)

  

Saturday

11/6 09:00

Free Practice 1 (30 min)

11:30 Free Practice 2 (30 min)

14:00 Qualifying (60 min)

  

Sunday 12/6

12:15 Race 1 (3 laps)

13:30 Race 2 (3 laps)

  

Championship standings

Drivers

1 José María López Citroën C-Elysée 193 pts

2 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 124 (-69)

3 Rob Huff Honda Civic 122 (-71)

4 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic 120 (-73)

5 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée 103 (-90)

12 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 30 (-163)

13 Thed Björk Volvo S60 23 (-170)

  

TV Schedule

International: https://www.fiawtcc.com/watch-it-on-tv/

Online: http://www.eurosportplayer.com/

  

2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship Entry List

No – Driver – Team – Car

2 – Gabriele Tarquini – Lada Sport Rosneft – Lada Vesta WTCC

3 – Tom Chilton – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

5 – Norbert Michelisz – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC

7 – Hugo Valente – Lada Sport Rosneft – Lada Vesta WTCC

9 – Tom Coronel – ROAL Motorsport – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

10 – Nicky Catsburg – Lada Sport Rosneft – Lada Vesta WTCC

11 – Grégoire Demoustier – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

12 – Rob Huff – Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team – Honda Civic WTCC

18 – Tiago Monteiro – Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team – Honda Civic WTCC

25 – Mehdi Bennani – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

27 – John Filippi – Campos Racing – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

37 – José María López – Citroën Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

55 – Ferenc Ficza – Zengo Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC

61 – Fredrik Ekblom – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1

62 – Thed Björk – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1

68 – Yvan Muller – Citroën Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

77 – René Münnich – Münnich Motorsport – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

89 – John Bryant-Meisner – Nika Racing – Chevrolet Cruze WTCC

99 – Dániel Nagy – Zengo Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC

 

 

FIA World Touring Car Championship 2016 Calendar

1-3 April FIA WTCC Race of France (Circuit Paul Ricard)

15-17 April FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia (Slovakia Ring)

22-24 April FIA WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring)

7-8 May FIA WTCC Race of Morocco (Moulay El Hassan, Marrakech) S

26-28 May FIA WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife)

10-12 June FIA WTCC Race of Russia (Moscow Raceway)

24-26 June FIA WTCC Race of Portugal (Circ. Internacional de Vila Real) S

5-7 August FIA WTCC Race of Argentina (Circ. Termas de Río Hondo)

2-4 September FIA WTCC Race of Japan (Twin Ring Motegi)

23-25 September FIA WTCC Race of China (Shanghai International Circuit)

4-6 November FIA WTCC Race of Thailand (Chang International Circuit)

23-25 November FIA WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail International Circuit) N

 

S = Street race

N = Night Race

  

About Polestar

Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo Cars. The company was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships, racing with various Volvo models. In 2009, Polestar started to offer performance related products and thereby intensified the business relations with Volvo Cars. The first performance cars, based on Volvo’s S60 and V60, were launched in 2014. In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired the performance unit of Polestar, as a strong commitment towards a credible performance offer and with the mission to define future premium performance.

 

About Cyan Racing

Cyan Racing is the motorsport partner to Polestar. The company is owned by Christian Dahl and handles all motorsport operations of Polestar. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar Racing, has claimed five STCC drivers’ titles and seven STCC teams’ titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.

  

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