Muller calls time on his WTCC ca­reer

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Four-time World Tour­ing Car cham­pion Yvan Muller will call time on his World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship ca­reer at the end of the cur­rent sea­son.

Citroen driver Muller won the 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 ti­tles, and holds many of the cham­pi­onship’s records hav­ing raced in the WTCC since 2006.

The French­man joined Citroen ahead of the start of its WTCC project in 2014, but has been over­shad­owed since then by team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. Muller is cur­rently sec­ond in the 2016 stand­ings, 126 points be­hind Lopez, who re­cently won a third-straight ti­tle.

But Muller re­mains the most suc­cess­ful driver in the cham­pi­onship’s mod­ern era and has the out­right records for wins, pole po­si­tions, podi­ums, fastest laps and points scored. His first crown with SEAT in 2008 ended Andy Pri­aulx’s run of three ti­tles in the first three years of the revamped WTCC, and he won the rest of his cham­pi­onships dur­ing a dom­i­nant spell with the Chevro­let team.

Muller, who also won the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship in 2003, said he was step­ping down be­cause the de­mands of com­pe­ti­tion now ex­ceed what he is pre­pared to com­mit to.

“I am not sure that age is the main fac­tor when it comes to end­ing a ca­reer,” said 47-year-old Muller. “It’s more a mat­ter of de­sire and mo­ti­va­tion.

“With all the test­ing, the sim­u­la­tor ses­sions, the phys­i­cal training and the travel to the race venues, a sea­son of pro­fes­sional mo­tor rac­ing re­quires a level of per­sonal com­mit­ment that I am no longer pre­pared to do.”

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