Geely Group Motorsport have stepped up their preparations for the 2019 racing season, with the new Lynk & Co 03 TCR having been tested on track for the very first time.
Yvan Muller and Thed Bjork were behind the wheel of the new Chinese race car at Estoril circuit in Portugal, as well as at Mantorp Park in Sweden. Both drivers have been confirmed at Cyan Racing for the upcoming 2019 World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) campaign, where the Swedish team will give the Chinese marque its debut in international motorsport.
Bjork, the 2017 World Touring Car Champion, gave his thoughts on the season that lies ahead: “The feeling to turn the first laps of an all-new race car is fantastic and I must say the Lynk & Co 03 TCR has lived up to my expectations. Geely Group Motorsport has done a great job of development so far and we can’t wait to get going as we no doubt are facing one of the toughest seasons in the history of touring car racing in 2019″.
Although details are scarce, those involved with the project appear positive about the car’s progress in these early stages of testing.
Head of Motorsport at Geely Group Motorsport, Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, said: “We are happy with the progress so far and the car has been reliable in the first tests. The evaluation program goes according to plan and we have a couple of intense months ahead of us to secure a competitive car for our customer teams.”
Despite the Lynk & Co 03 TCR already sporting the Cyan Racing team livery, the Swedish outfit are only set to take delivery of their cars much closer to the start of the season. Until then, Geely Group Motorsport will embark on more rigorous test sessions throughout Winter, with the new WTCR season scheduled to begin in April.