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Muller: WTCR is a good thing

Muller: WTCR is a good thing

08/01/2018 06:00

The most successful driver in world touring car racing believes the new-for-2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup can be a hit.

Yvan Muller, the four-time WTCC champion, has highlighted the appearance of the TCR-specification cars and lower running costs as two key features.

“It’s a good thing,” Muller said of the exciting alliance between motorsport’s world governing body the FIA, WTCR promoter Eurosport Events and WSC, owner of the TCR concept and trademark. “The future will tell me if I’m right or not but those cars are very nice and they cost less and that’s what we need.”

Muller retired from full-time driving at the end of 2016 and spent 2017 working as a special adviser to Polestar Cyan Racing during its double WTCC title winning season.

The inaugural WTCR season begins in Morocco from 7-8 April when the semi-permanent Circuit Moulay El Hassan hosts the action.

Tom Coronel and twin brother Tim have finished the gruelling Dakar Rally in South America, reaching the end of the final stage in Córdoba, Argentina, yesterday just outside the top 30.

Tiago Monteiro, a race winner and title contender during the final season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, has received Portugal’s Sport Merit Award.

Comtoyou Racing has signed its second FIA World Touring Car Cup contender in as many days with the addition of Aurélien Panis to its WTCR line-up for 2018.

WTCR Q&A: Denis Dupont

18/01/2018 12:00 - 2017

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

Belgium’s motorsport federation, the RACB, has identified the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup as the ultimate international launch pad for its young star driver, Denis Dupont.

The man behind the Honda Civic Type R TCR project hopes several examples of the car will be on the grid when the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup begins in Morocco on 7 April.