Far­fus joins Hyundai’s tin-top megateam

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The start of the World Tour­ing Car Cup off-sea­son has been a busy one, with Hyundai an­nounc­ing a stel­lar 2019 line-up in­clud­ing Au­gusto Far­fus, and new en­trant Cyan

Rac­ing re­veal­ing de­tails of its test­ing pro­gramme.

Far­fus an­nounced at last month’s Ma­cau Grand Prix that he would step away from his DTM com­mit­ments but would re­main a works BMW driver as part of its GT ros­ter. The Brazil­ian

had also been tipped for a Hyundai WTCR drive, and has now been an­nounced as part of a four-driver as­sault on his re­turn to World Tour­ing Cars for the first time since 2010.

He is joined by fel­low BMW man Nicky Cats­burg, who drove for the fac­tory Lada and Volvo WTCC out­fits from 2015-17, while in­au­gu­ral WTCR cham­pion Gabriele Tar­quini and BRC Rac­ing team­mate Nor­bert Miche­lisz have been re­tained.

Hyundai’s sec­ond team

for 2019 has not yet been an­nounced, as Yvan Muller’s op­er­a­tion will move over to join Cyan’s pro­gramme. As­sisted by Geely Group Mo­tor­sport, Cyan has started test­ing its Lynk & Co 03 chal­lenger (right) at Man­torp Park and Es­to­ril.

While test­ing de­tails re­main light, Cyan re­vealed that Muller and 2017 WTCC cham­pion Thed Bjork have driven the car so far, and said it will take de­liv­ery of the Lynk & Cos close to the start of the 2019 sea­son.

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