Gabriele Tarquini says that ‘the explanation is not clear’ as to why Lynk & Co appeared to experience a performance boost at their home round of the FIA World Touring Car Cup in China, saying that their speed makes him ‘really unhappy’.
Tarquini scored his first double podium result of the season at the Ningbo International Speedpark in China, finishing just behind team-mate Norbert Michelisz in race two before taking third behind the Lynk & Co cars of Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlacher in race three.
But despite a return to form, the Italian was unhappy with how he saw that the performance of his rivals played out over the weekend, admitting that Hyundai had asked the FIA for an explanation of the improvement of the Cyan Racing-run cars, which took two pole positions and two race victories away from the event.
“It was a fantastic race weekend for me personally because I scored two podiums and I ended a long break to come back on to the podium,” said Tarquini. “Congrats to Yvan and Lynk & Co, but to be honest, I’m not too happy with the pace of my car.
“By coincidence Lynk & Co received something here at their home race. We officially asked the FIA for some explanation and the explanation is not clear to us because they answered that [because] they put the engine on the dyno, they received a new one.”
The reigning champion said that the situation with the Balance of Performance [BoP] is ‘not clear enough’ as he apparently struggled to keep pace in a straight line with the rival car, which like the Hyundai i30 N TCR runs at 97.5 % of engine power.
However, a minor change to the maximum boost pressures ahead of the weekend meant that the Lynk & Co 03 gained millibars of boost pressure at all engine rev limits from 4,700 rpm through to 7,200 rpm.
“I can see actually in the second race the car is uncatchable on acceleration, so they are quite strong on the straight, and this has made me really unhappy.
“It’s not clear enough.”