Ehrlacher keen on experiencing that winning WTCC feeling again
Yann Ehrlacher started the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s summer break a winner following his maiden triumph in Argentina in July. And he’ll join his rivals on track at the Ningbo International Speedpark this week intent on landing more glory.
Ehrlacher’s breakthrough triumph for RC Motorsport in the Opening Race in South America came after Tom Chilton was penalised for contact with his rival, but was nevertheless the result of an accomplished drive that belied the Frenchman’s 21 years after he’d led away from pole position.
“The feeling of winning a World Touring Car race is so awesome and I want more of this,” said Ehrlacher, the nephew of four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller. “It’s gonna be hard for sure but the goal now is to make it again in China.”
Even though Ehrlacher feels somewhat underprepared for his debut at the all-new Ningbo circuit, he has already formulated a strategy for success.
“I try to find some onboard [footage] on YouTube but the only thing I found and which I’m working on is a virtual track map,” Ehrlacher explained. “It looks like there is fast- and medium-speed corners, which is good for us. Like always this year I have to learn the track in Free Practice and, as always, we work in Free Practice for being ready for the qualifying but it’s important to work also on our race pace like we did in Argentina.”
In addition to US racer Kevin Gleason, Ehrlacher will be joined at RC Motorsport in China – and the upcoming race in Japan – by Felipe De Souza from Macau, who is making his WTCC comeback after several seasons away.