Thed Björk will start the opening FIA World Touring Car Cup race at the Slovakia Ring from the back of the grid after his Yvan Muller Racing team was forced to change his Hyundai i30 N TCR’s engine ahead of the event.

The Swede’s car sustained heavy damage in the opening lap pile-up in Race 1 at Vila Real, but the team worked through the night to prepare his car for the weekend’s remaining two races. He rewarded their efforts by romping to pole position and claiming a dominant lights-to-flag victory in Race 3.

Also taking engine changes are the two Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Gold GTI entries of Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani. Contact between the duo triggered the multi-car wreckage in Portugal, with the damage to both drivers’ cars forcing the French team to write off both chassis’.

The team spent the interim period building two brand new chassis’ for their drivers, but with their original engines too badly damaged in Vila Real the team was forced to fit new units. The team managed to scape any penalty after appealing to the FIA Stewards on the grounds of force majeure.

Image via FIA WTCR Media

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