Muller: WTCC rookie Ehrlacher can be a world-beater

Muller: WTCC rookie Ehrlacher can be a world-beater

13/12/2017 at 06:00Updated 13/12/2017 at 08:42

Yann Ehrlacher can win multiple world titles based on the progress he made during the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017.

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That’s the view of his uncle Yvan Muller, the four-time WTCC champion who has watched Ehrlacher at every race of his rookie season with the privateer RC Motorsport team.

“His progression is massive,” said Muller. “I realised after the first race in Marrakech that the WTCC would not be easy for him because he struggled with many things. But that is normal and after he did a good season.”

Ehrlacher claimed his maiden victory in Argentina in mid-July after on-the-road winner Tom Chilton was penalised following a clash between the pair. He then finished second in China and Japan and placed P10 in the final standings.

“He’s only 21 and has a lot to learn but I believe in four or five years he will be better than I would ever be,” Muller continued. “It’s not just because of the advice I give him but he also has his capacity and with these two things he’ll be better than me.”

While Ehrlacher’s plans for 2018 are unclear, from 2018 the WTCC will be renamed the FIA World Touring Car Cup (abbreviated to WTCR). It will run to the TCR technical regulations under a two-year licensing agreement between the FIA, WTCR promoter Eurosport Events Limited (EEL) and WSC, owner of the TCR concept and trademark. The calendar will be announced in due course.