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Zandvoort WTCR: Bjork wins after late-race team order

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Zandvoort WTCR: Bjork wins after late-race team order
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May 19, 2019, 3:32 PM

Thed Bjork claimed his second win of the Zandvoort World Touring Car Cup weekend after his Cyan Racing team twice intervened to swap him and Yann Ehrlacher's positions.

Bjork had led the opening laps of the race but was asked to move aside to allow polesitter Ehrlacher back into the lead, only for the team to direct the drivers to change positions again.

The two were involved in a clash at the start, as Ehrlacher moved over to his right in an attempt to block off the faster-starting Bjork on the run to the first corner.

Bjork had enough of his car up the inside by that point, but Ehrlacher continued to move across and collided with Bjork's Lynk & Co, although both were able to continue.

But Bjork was soon asked to make way for Ehrlacher, who was allowed into the lead at Tarzan at the start of the third lap of 15.

Ehrlacher had a longer stint in the lead and held a steady gap at the head of the order until he was told to let Bjork back past.

The 22-year-old complained to Cyan over the radio and spent a further lap in the lead after being asked to move aside, but obliged at the start of lap nine.

There were no further changes to the order as Bjork clinched his third victory of the season, a result that moved him into second in the drivers' standings, while second still represented Ehrlacher's best finish of 2019.

The destiny of the final podium position was also resolved by a change of order between two teammates, with Augusto Farfus making way for fellow BRC Racing Hyundai driver Norbert Michelisz at the final corner.

Farfus had made a better start than Michelisz and held third throughout the race, before allowing Michelisz - BRC's lead representative in the drivers' standings - past.

Yvan Muller could not recover any of the positions he lost to his exclusion from the final part of Sunday qualifying but still came home fifth in his Lynk & Co, ahead of the PWR Cupra of Mikel Azcona.

Johan Kristoffersson (Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen) was seventh ahead of championship leader Esteban Guerreiri, who made the most of an excellent start to limit the damage done by Bjork's win.

Gabriele Tarquini made up five places to finish ninth in his BRC Hyundai, with Rob Huff (SLR VW) between Tarquini and the fourth Hyundai of his teammate Nicky Catsburg.

The Comtoyou Cupra of Aurelien Panis, Mehdi Bennani (SLR VW), erstwhile points leader Nestor Girolami and Andy Priaulx in the fourth Cyan Lynk & Co completed the points.

Race 3 Results:

Cla Driver Chassis Gap
1 Sweden Thed Björk
Lynk & Co
2 France Yann Ehrlacher
Lynk & Co 0.830
3 Hungary Norbert Michelisz
Hyundai 2.377
4 Brazil Augusto Farfus
Hyundai 2.995
5 France Yvan Muller
Lynk & Co 3.658
6 Spain Mikel Azcona
CUPRA 4.120
7 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson
Volkswagen 4.432
8 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri
Honda 6.696
9 Italy Gabriele Tarquini
Hyundai 7.543
10 United Kingdom Rob Huff
Volkswagen 9.840
11 Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Hyundai 11.093
12 France Aurelien Panis
CUPRA 13.094
13 Morocco Mehdi Bennani
Volkswagen 13.328
14 Argentina Nestor Girolami
Honda 13.558
15 Guernsey Andy Priaulx
Lynk & Co 15.591
16 Belgium Frederic Vervisch
Audi 15.956
17 Netherlands Niels Langeveld
Audi 16.121
18 Italy Kevin Ceccon
Alfa Romeo 16.847
19 Portugal Tiago Monteiro
Honda 17.537
20 Netherlands Tom Coronel
CUPRA 18.475
21 China Ma Qing Hua
Alfa Romeo 19.009
22 Hungary Attila Tassi
Honda 22.779
23 Sweden Daniel Haglof
CUPRA 22.849
24 United Kingdom Gordon Shedden
Audi 23.677
25 France Jean-Karl Vernay
Audi 29.621
Germany Benjamin Leuchter
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Series WTCR
Event Zandvoort
Drivers Thed Björk
Author Jack Cozens