Yann Ehrlacher, the nephew of four-time FIA WTCC champion Yvan Muller, will follow in the footsteps of his uncle when he makes his series debut this year.
The French youngster will compete in this year’s championship with the French RC Motorsport team, which will also make its championship debut.
The Magny Cours-based outfit has secured the use of the Vesta WTCC racing cars formerly run by the factory LADA Sport outfit until it withdrew from the championship at the end of 2016, and has been extensively testing the cars and its new driver in recent weeks.
The team plans to field a two-car entry in the 2017 season and will announce the identity of Ehrlacher’s teammate in due course.
The son of Yvan Muller’s sister Cathy – herself a former racing driver and team owner of former WTCC outfit Exagon Motorsport – the 20-year-old Ehrlacher has already claimed two national championship titles in France and a class win in the European Le Mans Series last year driving for his uncle’s team, Yvan Muller Racing.
“This is such an amazing opportunity for me and I really can’t believe it’s happening,” said Ehrlacher.
“I’ve been really impressed with the car in testing and the team is working really hard too. Obviously there is a lot for me to learn and understand, but I know the team has valuable WTCC experience.”
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