Season recap: WTCR AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco
Thed Björk saved his best to last with an historic Race 3 victory at WTCR AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco – the first in an FIA world-level event by a Chinese brand.
Driving a Lynk & Co 03 TCR developed by Geely Group Motorsport from China and run by Cyan Racing from Sweden, Björk inherited P1 from team-mate Yvan Muller and resisted intense pressure from DHL pole-sitter Frédéric Vervisch to follow Esteban Guerrieri and Gabriele Tarquini as a winner on the streets of Marrakech.
Guerrieri triumphed in Race 1 for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport with 2018 title winner Tarquini taking first place in Race 2 for BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse.
Meanwhile, Björk and WTCR / OSCARO rookie Néstor Girolami, Guerrieri’s Honda-powered team-mate, joined the Argentine on the Race 1 podium, with Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport’s Jean-Karl Vernay and Yann Ehrlacher finishing second and third to Tarquini in Race 2.
Behind second-placed Vervisch in Race 3, PWR Racing CUPRA driver Mikel Azcona made it a WTCR / OSCARO debut weekend to remember, the TCR Europe champion from Spain claiming third place.
But it was Björk who left Morocco on top on the #ROADTOMALAYSIA, where the 2019 season concludes in December, with a five-point advantage over Guerrieri. ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport headed the Teams’ standings by 12 points in front of Cyan Racing Lynk & Co.
Meanwhile, there were mixed emotions for home hero Mehdi Bennani. After posting two DNFs, the Moroccan hit back with P12 in Race 3 and the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy in his Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.
ROUNDS 1-3: WTCR AFRIQUIA RACE OF MOROCCO, 5-7 APRIL 2019
DHL Pole Position Race 1: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 1 winner: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 1 fastest lap: Attila Tassi (HUN) Honda Civic Type R TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 2: Nicky Catsburg (NLD) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 2 winner: Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 2 fastest lap: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 3: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 3 winner: Thed Björk (SWE) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 3 fastest lap: Mehdi Bennani (MAR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: Mehdi Bennani (MAR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver: Thed Björk (SWE) Lynk & Co 03 TCR