Citroën Racing’s Yvan Muller will compete in the French round of the World Rallycross Championship in September, competing at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 Supercar prepared by Albatec Racing.
Muller, a four-time World Touring Car Champion, will make his World RX début alongside current Euro RX championship leader Jerome Grosset-Janin.
The Frenchman has been granted permission by Citroën to compete in the event during a break in the WTCC schedule, and admits that he has been looking to make his début in rallycross for some time.
Muller, who has already carried out a test with Albatec at Faleyras in France, is no stranger to racing with the type of car control required in rallycross racing as he is also a ten-time Andros Trophy winner in France.
“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,” explained Muller. “I’m really looking forward to doing Lohéac, 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.
“The test with Albatec in Faleyras was good. It was my first experience, so I learnt and saw much more how rallycross is, what it’s all about.”
Albatec Racing Team Principal Andy Scott is looking forward to what he believes will be the biggest event on the calendar with Muller in the driving seat.
“I’m very excited about Yvan joining us at what is the biggest rallycross event on the 2015 schedule,” said Scott. “We had a great result there last year, reaching the semi-finals, while in 2013 Kris Meeke showed everybody the potential of our Peugeot 208 RX Supercar.
“We had a very successful test with Yvan, he’s totally committed, and obviously an incredibly fast and professional driver, who will I’m certain fit in very well with the team and indeed rallycross.
“Having an all-French line-up, aboard French cars, at the biggest event on the French rallycross calendar will I’m sure contribute to the amazing atmosphere the event always attracts.”
Muller will participate in a second test with Albatec Racing at Loheac in August.