Muller's nephew enters WTCC with privateer Lada

Yann Ehrlacher, nephew of four-time WTCC drivers' champion Yvan Muller, will race in WTCC 2017 in a Lada Vesta, run by the French team RC Motorsport.

Muller's nephew enters WTCC with privateer Lada
Gabriele Tarquini, LADA Sport Rosneft, Lada Vesta
Yann Ehrlacher, RC Motorsport Lada Vesta
The car of Yann Ehrlacher, RC Motorsport Lada Vesta
The car of Yann Ehrlacher, RC Motorsport Lada Vesta
#18 M.Racing - YMR Ligier JSP3 - Nissan: Thomas Laurent, Yann Ehrlacher, Alexandre Cougnaud
Yann Ehrlacher, M.Racing

The team have been testing the car, bought from the now defunct Lada Sport team, at their base in Magny-Cours today ahead of a planned two-car entry in the championship.

“This is such an amazing opportunity for me and I really can’t believe it’s happening,” said Ehrlacher, who's also the son of ex-Exagon Motorsport team owner and former racing driver Cathy Muller.

“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.”

WTCC promoter François Ribeiro said: “While we’re pleased a solution has been found for the race-winning Vestas to continue competing in the WTCC, we’re also very excited at the prospect of welcoming another talented rookie in Yann Ehrlacher, who has been trained by Yvan Muller, no less, and has been really fast in testing."

Ehrlacher has won titles in Mitjet 2L and the French Supertouring Championship and was part of Yvan Muller Racing's LMP3 set-up in Road to Le Mans and ELMS last year.

Ribeiro continued: "Along with Aurelien Panis, the WTCC has two more young drivers with big potential and it will be interesting to watch their progress and performances in 2017, when I am sure they will both make their mark on the championship.”

RC Motorsport will confirm their second driver in the coming weeks.

2017 WTCC grid so far:

Team Car Drivers
 Honda JAS Honda Civic

 Tiago Monteiro

 Norbert Michelisz

 Ryo Michigami

 Volvo Polestar Volvo S60

 Thed Bjork

 Nicky Catsburg

 Nestor Girolami

 Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee

 Tom Chilton

 John Filippi

 Mehdi Bennani

 Munnich Motorsport Citroen C-Elysee  Rob Huff
 ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1  Tom Coronel
 Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic  Aurelien Panis
RC Motorsport Lada Vesta Yann Ehrlacher

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