Four-time World Champion Yvan Muller has joined Cyan Racing as development driver and senior advisor for the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) programme.
The Frenchman joined the team on 1st January 2017 and has joined all the test sessions with the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race car since then, working closely with drivers Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg, as well as with the team organisation on other areas of development.
"I am really glad and proud to have recruited Yvan to Cyan Racing. There is no other touring car driver as experienced as him in the world and he is a vital asset to the team. We can already see the progress made, even though our cooperation is still quite new. The plan for the moment is that he is not going to race for us, but rather focus on testing and development," said Christian Dahl, CEO of Cyan Racing.
Muller has not finished lower than third overall for the past 10 years in the championship, claiming the title in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013, making him the most successful WTCC driver ever.
"To start a cooperation with Cyan Racing is something that I am very pleased with. They developed strongly last year for their first season and we have made interesting progress during the winter testing. I look forward to continuing to work with them and developing the car, as well as the team," said Yvan Muller.
The Frenchman announced his retirement from full-time racing last year, but will be behind the wheel of the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 during the official pre-season test at Monza on March 14-15th.
For more information, see: wtcc.polestar.com
Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo Cars. The company was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships, racing with various Volvo models. In 2009, Polestar started to offer performance-related products and thereby intensified the business relations with Volvo Cars. The first performance cars, based on Volvo’s S60 and V60, were launched in 2014. In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired the performance unit of Polestar, as a strong commitment towards a credible performance offer and with the mission to define future premium performance.
About Cyan Racing
Cyan Racing is the motorsport partner to Polestar. The company is owned by Christian Dahl and handles all motorsport operations of Polestar. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar Racing, has claimed five STCC driver titles and seven STCC team titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.