Santiago Urrutia completes Lynk & Co Cyan Racing line-up
Santiago Urrutia will advance to the FIA Touring Car World Cup for the 2020 season after being named a final member of the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing four-car roster.
The Uruguayan rider, who finished third in TCR Europe last year, will take the place vacated by Andy Priaulx after the Briton’s decision to leave his post to focus on the career of his son Seb.
Urritia will act as Thed Björk’s teammate on the Cyan Performance Lynk & Co side of the garage after impressing the team during testing at Anderstorp earlier in the summer, where the 23-year-old was one of four drivers having had the chance to taste the Lynk & Co 03 TCR.
“I am very happy to join Cyan Racing,” he said, “and it is very moving for me and for my whole country because I am the first professional racing driver in Uruguay.
“I’m obviously young and want to race in WTCR with Cyan Racing for many, many years. I am really grateful to have had this opportunity and the confidence of the team, and I will give everything to live up to expectations.
“It won’t be easy, but that’s why I love running. I have done a lot of preparation in the simulator and we will be testing on some of the circuits on the calendar, so I am confident for the season.
Fredrik Wahlén, Managing Director of Cyan Racing, said he is confident Urrutia will prove to be an important part of the Lynk & Co lineup in the coming year.
“We decided to go with Santiago because he showed great potential in testing,” he said. “He got on really well with the team and he was quick in the car right away.”
Urrutia’s WTCR debut will take place on September 12-13 at the Salzburgring when the delayed season begins.