Talking on the French spherical at l’Anneau du Rhin this weekend, WTCR director Jean-Baptiste Ley was conciliatory in the direction of the reigning champion workforce after it pulled the plug this week on the remainder of its 2022 marketing campaign.
This adopted the withdrawal of all 5 of its Lynk & Co 03 TCRs on the formation laps of the rounds at Vallelunga.
The workforce claimed it was inconceivable to finish a race distance on the spec Goodyear runner on the Rome circuit, whereas Yvan Muller suffered a high-speed crash in observe following a front-left tyre failure.
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“We have to respect the choice from the rivals,” mentioned Ley.
“That’s the foremost level. It’s their resolution and I actually do respect it. Clearly our aim now’s to proceed the continuing discussions with them to achieve an settlement for them to be again within the subsequent season.
“Cyan has been a part of the championship for a few years, they’ve introduced lots to the championship. We have to respect that.
“Clearly this case is sophisticated for all events. The principle goal is to proceed to work collectively sooner or later.”
Ley admitted “the sequence is crossing a troublesome time at this second”, earlier than including affirmation of two new rounds to finish the season will come following the FIA World Motor Sport Council assembly subsequent week. The deliberate Asian leg was cancelled due to ongoing restrictions attributable to the pandemic.
WTCR subject has been depleted following Cyan’s withdrawal
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“We have now submitted a couple of days in the past to the FIA a revised calendar to interchange the Asian marketing campaign with two occasions,” mentioned Ley.
“Additionally we now have already began to work on the 2023 season with a correct calendar, shifting again to the anticipated commonplace from WTCR, with a variety of occasions on a worldwide foundation, with additionally some enhancements and new ideas within the format of the championship to draw extra rivals and transfer again to the conventional WTCR stage, with quite a few automobiles on the grid and correct occasions.”
The withdrawal of the Cyan Lynk & Cos leaves simply 12 entries on the grid for the 2 races in France this weekend. Following evaluation of the tyre issues, a 20kg discount in weight for all automobiles has been applied in an try to cut back the danger of additional failures – a transfer that wasn’t sufficient to persuade Cyan to stay within the sequence.
Marcello Lotti, president of the WSC organisation and founding father of the TCR rulebook, confirmed that Cyan Lynk & Co had requested a change to the Stability of Efficiency particularly for its personal automotive.
“We obtained a request in our technical division from [Cyan] that it was OK to have this 20kg discount for all automobiles, however their request was additionally to have a change in BoP for his or her automotive, to have a discount from one other 30kg,” he mentioned.
“We defined very clearly to them, by way of timing it was actually inconceivable to make an adjustment devoted to Lynk & Co.
“First to regulate BoP we have to have clear evaluation from the modifications we apply, the place the automotive can be positioned in comparison with the others. With out sufficient time, particularly linked to weight and peak, it was for us not honest and particularly for the opposite rivals, so we mentioned it isn’t doable to take this type of resolution immediately.
“In all probability with time we may make a greater analysis for 30kg and doubtless 50kg, engaged on the facility of the engine. However you’ll be able to think about that’s not one thing to request for immediately or tomorrow.”
Cyan had sought to run decreased weight, which the organisers decreed wouldn’t be honest
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Marek Nawarecki, director of the FIA’s sport and touring automobiles division, mentioned “we can not level to just one cause or particular situation” for the failures, however did discuss with “some weaknesses which have been recognized within the tyres by the tyre producer”.
This adopted assessments carried out within the wake of the failures that led to the cancellation of the races attributable to be held on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Might and in addition after the spate of issues skilled at Vallelunga, which weren’t restricted to the Cyan Lynk & Cos.
Earlier this week, Goodyear launched a press release on its findings following the failures on the Italian circuit.
“The evaluation has recognized that tyre temperatures on some, however not all, automobiles recorded through the occasion have been above and past any stage seen within the earlier two seasons of the WTCR, other than on the 2022 WTCR Race of Germany,” it mentioned.
“Goodyear, DSE [promoter Dicovery Sports Events] and the FIA are working with the groups to totally perceive the trigger, together with analysing automotive setup, observe severity and the affect of the observe temperatures.
“The preliminary information for the forthcoming races at l’Anneau du Rhin and the truth that a number of groups examined there in April with out reporting tyre efficiency points has led to Goodyear confirming that there might be no change within the tyre specification.”
An additional take a look at session was held on the circuit this week for all competing groups, forward of the race weekend, to permit for additional preparation.