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Cyan Racing announces Priaulx replacement for Lynk & Co WTCR seat

Cyan Racing Lynk & Co has signed Indy Lights race winner Santiago Urrutia to complete its driver line-up for the 2020 World Touring Car Cup season replacing Andy Priaulx

A seat had become vacant at Cyan Racing after three-time WTCC champion Priaulx announced last month that he would be stepping down from driving duties to support his son Sebastian's career in motorsport.

A four-driver shootout was held at the Anderstorp circuit in Sweden to find a replacement for Priaulx, with 23-year-old Urrutia eventually getting the nod.

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The Uruguayan, who finished third in TCR Europe last season in a Team WRT Audi, had been set for a return to Indy Lights this season prior to the championship's cancellation.

Urrutia raced in the IndyCar feeder series between 2016 and '18 after winning the '15 Star Mazda title and finished inside the top three in the drivers standings in each season, only missing out on the '16 title to Ed Jones when his Carlin team instigated team orders on the final lap.

He will team up with Thed Bjork at Cyan Performance, while the two Cyan Racing entries will be driven by Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlacher.

"I'm super-happy to join Cyan Racing, it's very emotional for me and for my whole country," Urrutia said.

"I'm obviously young and I want to race in the WTCR with Cyan Racing for many, many years.

"I am really grateful to have got this opportunity and trust from the team and I will give all to live up to the expectations."

"We decided to go with Santiago as he showed strong potential during the test," Cyan Racing managing director Fredrik Wahlen said.

"He got along really well with the team and he was fast in the car straight away."

Christian Dahl, CEO and founder of Cyan Racing, added: "We are very happy to have Santiago with us and we are delighted to welcome him as a key player in our 2020 WTCR title bid."

Cyan Racing won the teams' championship in WTCR last year, beating the BRC Hyundai outfit by 34 points.

The 2020 WTCR season will take place entirely in Europe this year, with six rounds scheduled between September and November, starting with the season opener at Salzburg in Austria on 12-13 September.

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