Team France's Yvan Muller
WTCC STAR COMPLETES TEAM FRANCE
FIA World Touring Car Championship title contender Yvan Muller will join The Race of Champions in London this December, partnering Sebastien Bourdais for the event's Team France.
Currently joint-leader with reigning champion Andy Priaulx, the two WTCC drivers will go head-to-head in the season's finale this weekend in Macau, ahead of a re-match at The Race of Champions. Both drivers are set to take part in the event on 16 December, which will see Wembley Stadium transformed into a parallel tarmac race track to the delight of 80,000 attending fans.
Muller, the 2003 British Touring Car Champion, will join the prestigious ROC line-up for the third time having previously won The ROC Nations Cup in 2000 along with Gilles Panizzi and Regis Laconi.
"It's become an important date in a driver's season," said Muller, ten-time winner of the ice-racing Andros Trophy. "The ROC has been going for the past 20 years and gets bigger every time. To have places like the Stade de France and Wembley Stadium host it is a huge deal.
"All drivers see it as an important weekend and to be invited means that you are regarded as being part of the best in motorsport. It means a lot."
Yvan Muller at last year's The Race of Champions
With a motorsport career spanning nearly 20 years, Yvan Muller is a well-known figure amongst peers and enjoys the social aspect of The ROC almost as much as the competition.
"Coulthard, Kristensen and Schumacher are all from the same generation as me," said Muller. "We used to race each other in karts and have all progressed to different areas of motorsport since, so it's great to find each other on track again."
Although the Frenchman regards winning the ‘Champion of Champions' title as a great accolade, he won't let it go to his head, jokingly adding: "I don't think that beating Schumacher in The Race of Champions would ever mean that I should be seven-time F1 champion though!"