Muller: Ehrlacher’s WTCR title the priority, not winning in 2020

2020-11-19T20:05:38+01:00November 19th, 2020|2020|

Yvan Muller kept up his remarkable record of winning races in every full FIA World Touring Car season he’s contested with victory in Race 2 at MotorLand Aragón Sunday – but said afterwards that his nephew and team-mate Yann Erhlacher’s WTCR title meant much more to him.

Muller’s triumph also ensured that he has finished in the top three in all but one of his 14 seasons – his first in 2006 – in either the FIA World Touring Car Championship or WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.

“Winning was not my priority, I could have won one at Budapest, but I gave that to Yann,” said the Cyan Racing Lynk & Co legend, who placed runner-up to Ehrlacher in the title table after 16 2020 WTCR races. “My target was to help make Yann the world champion and he is now. When I came to see François Ribeiro [WTCR promoter] when Yann was 17 years old I said you should put some money on him because he will be world champion, and now he is.”

Of his Race 2 victory, Muller said: “I made a good start, then I pushed hard for five laps, then I said. ‘OK, keep cool a bit’. Then there was the safety car so I lost everything. But I had some tyre left so it was OK.”