The frustrating return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Polestar Cyan Racing has continued into the 2016 season’s second round at the Slovakia Ring after Thed Björk was disqualified from both races.
The Swedish driver, who finished in eighth place in Race 1 and a fine fourth in Race 2, found his efforts to be in vain when post-race scrutineering found the air restrictor on his Volvo S60 had expanded beyond the tolerance limits in the technical regulations.
“The temperature of the engine and air restrictor was considerably higher when measured after the second race in Slovakia compared to during the race,” explained Mattias Evensson, Cyan Racing’s Head of Engine Development
“This means that there was no performance gain in the races, only the fact that we have not been able to test the expansion of the metal at these extreme temperatures that are only reached when stopping the car in parc fermé.”
The expansion was blamed on the air flow through the engine ceasing when the car was returned to parc fermé, and with the added combination of grass debris partially blocking the radiator, the heat build-up under the bonnet caused the air restrictor to expand beyond the regulations’ limits.
Polestar’s Head of Motorsport, Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, confirmed that the team would not appeal the stewards’ decision.
“As beginners in a new championship, you have to take into account that they are going to check the new car specifically,” he said.
“The important thing that we can take with us from the races here is that we have a good starting point both in terms of reliability, performance and that the results Thed achieved were taken on fair sporting grounds.”
The Swedish outfit has had a troubled beginning to its series comeback, with Björk and then teammate Fredrik Ekblom being stripped of their qualifying times in France and Slovakia respectively for rules infringements.
Image via FIA WTCC Media
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