WTCC star Yvan Muller to compete in home World RX event

Four-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller will make his debut in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for Albatec Racing on September 4-6 at the French round at Loheac.

Muller will drive the team's Peugeot 208 RX as team-mate to Jerome Grosset-Janin.

The 45-year-old has already tested the car in Faleyras, and will test the car again at Loheac in August ahead of his debut, which takes place one week before the next round of the World Touring Car Championship in Motegi, Japan.

"I’ve wanted to do rallycross for a long time, it’s been on my mind for four or five years, but I didn’t have the opportunity, the good opportunity, or the time to do it," said Muller.

"I’m really looking forward to doing Loheac, firstly it’s very well known in France, and rallycross now is at a high level, so I think it’s just the right time to do it. So yes I’m very pleased and looking forward to it."

In addition to touring cars, Muller is known for his exploits in the Andros Trophy Ice Racing series, where he was a 10-time champion in a series which features similar style heats to rallycross.

“I don’t think we can compare ice racing to rallycross too much," said Muller. "Yes ice racing is four-wheel drive, but also four-wheel steer, and on ice the grip levels are naturally much lighter.

“Of course, the comparison is closer from ice racing to rallycross, than from say circuit racing like WTCC, but it’s still quite different, so there are things to learn."

Neil Hudson, TouringCarTimes

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Series World Rallycross
Event France
Track Loheac
Drivers Yvan Muller
Article type Breaking news