Thed Bjork’s maiden WTCC victory on a historic weekend for Polestar Cyan Racing
Thed Björk claimed his, Polestar Cyan Racing and Volvo Cars’ first FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) victory at Shanghai International Raceway. The victory made this weekend historic for the team, with Richard Göransson securing the fourth consecutive double Scandinavian Touring Car Championship title yesterday.
”What a race and what a victory! This is such an awesome feeling after all the blood, sweat and tears the team has put down this year. I rank this victory as one of the best in my entire career,” said Thed Björk.
Björk started sixth and fought his way up through the field, setting the fastest lap of the race to catch race leader Norbert Michelisz with three laps left. The two started a furious fight for the lead, with Björk passing him in the penultimate corner of the very last lap.
The duo made contact in the overtaking manoeuvre, resulting in a broken suspension for Björk who still managed to claim his, Volvo’s and the team’s first ever world championship victory.
Team-mate Fredrik Ekblom made a strong return to the championship after focusing on the testing program of Polestar Cyan Racing since the races in Russia in June. The three-time STCC champion finished in the points of both races, with eighth in the first race and sixth in the second.
The victory has elevated Björk to eleventh position in the championship, just 20 points from breaking into the top ten.
Next up for Polestar Cyan Racing is the season finale in Qatar on November 23-25.
This video looks back at the races in Japan, 2 weeks before this historic weekend.
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