Thed Björk says “there are a lot of things going on and it will not be easy’ in the fight for the FIA World Touring Car Cup title, after the Cyan Racing driver edged closer in the championship battle in Macau.
Björk went into the weekend with a 40-point deficit but leaves the Chinese administrative region with a gap of just 28 points to the top of the table after finishing fifth, second and seventh in the three races respectively.
But the Swede also lost ground to team-mate Yvan Muller, who took pole position and a double win, in part thanks to Björk moving over for Muller in the second race.
Muller explained after the race that it had been pre-agreed if Yann Ehrlacher, Björk and Muller were in the first three positions, that they would move over to allow Muller through.
Despite this, Björk praised the team and their teamwork, even though he has now fallen to 17 points behind Muller, having gone into the weekend eight points in front.
Explaining the second race, Björk said he worked together with Ehrlacher to get ahead before ceding position to Muller.
“The focus was to get a good start behind Yann and then maybe it looks easy, but when you have a car next to each other we can help each other and two down the straights,” said Björk.
“Two cars are a lot faster than one. So, for me first I tried to give Yann speed down to Lisboa corner and then I knew I would get his position, and we were three cars coming down to the first corner.
“It was so nice to see Yvan [coming through], who did a fantastic start.
“I want to say thank you to the team for working so hard for us and to say to everybody it is not easy, and teamwork is what we are aiming for to win the championship.
“We have a really good cooperation within the team and that is why we are strong; we help each other. We are going to fight hard all the way to the end.
“There are a lot of things going on and it will not be easy.”