WTCC rookie to prove he’s the man for the job

WTCC rookie to prove he’s the man for the job

20/03/2017 12:00

Twenty-year-old WTCC rookie Yann Ehrlacher admits he needs to prove RC Motorsport has made the right call to sign him for his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship campaign in 2017.

Ehrlacher, the nephew of four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller and son of ex- single-seater racer Cathy, will make his competitive debut for the Magny-Cours team at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco in Marrakech next month, having excelled in official WTCC testing at Monza last week with the third best time in one session.

“It was quite a hard decision from the team to take me because I have no experience of front-wheel drive and I don’t know any of the tracks,” said Ehrlacher, who completed 100 laps of the Italian Grand Prix track. “They have taken the risk and I have to prove to them that I can do it.”

Frenchman Ehrlacher insists he’s not taking anything for granted despite his promising testing performance. “There is still a lot of work to do because I’m not sure that the other cars were at 100 per cent [performance at Monza], so there is a lot to do now to be ready for Marrakech and we will do some other testing in Magny-Cours.”

WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco takes place from 7-9 April.

Norbert Michelisz has received yet more silverware. Twenty-four hours after picking up his trophy for finishing runner-up in the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the FIA Prize Giving event in Paris, the Hungarian was honoured a little closer to home.

The top three drivers in the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship were honoured in Paris on Friday evening when the stunning Château de Versailles hosted the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony.

FIA World Touring Car Championship promoter Eurosport Events has broken with tradition by awarding the prestigious WTCC Nürburgring Nordschleife Best Driver Trophy to not one but two drivers after Polestar Cyan Racing’s factory duo, Thed Björk and Nicky Catsburg, tamed planet earth’s toughest race track in spectacular fashion back in May.

Jean Todt has been re-elected as President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) at the organisation’s General Assembly in Paris today.

Thed Björk will be crowned FIA World Touring Car champion for 2017 at the FIA Prize Giving in Paris this evening. Here are some facts about Polestar Cyan Racing’s swift Swede.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will be replaced from 2018 with new technical regulations, a new format and a new name following a vote of approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday (6 December).