From a tyre cleaner to a rallycross driver
It all started with a bet in Barcelona and it will now find its temporary conclusion from 1 till 3 September at Lohéac. In the next WRX round in France, Nico Müller will be making his debut in the World Rallycross Championship. His DTM team-mate Mattias Ekström is responsible for this move. The Swede’s team will be running a fourth Audi S1 EKS RX quattro for the Swiss driver.
In a DTM test prior to the 2016 season, Müller lost a bet against ‘Eki’ and had to clean one set of tyres for the Swede as a result. The 25-year-old fulfilled his duty during the Barcelona rallycross event. Ekström didn’t want to let Müller’s efforts go unrewarded and allowed the Swiss to drive his car after the 2017 WRX season opener. The 25-year-old was massively excited: “These cars are crazy and they are addictive. From this day, it was my dream to compete in the World Rallycross Championship one day,” says Müller, who describes his WRX participation as a “huge challenge”. “I want to enjoy the weekend to the full, but of course, I am not coming to Lohéac to go on holiday. It is my goal to improve during the weekend and achieve a decent result in the end.”
Prior to that, however, the DTM weekend at Zandvoort in The Netherlands is coming up for the two Audi drivers. The circuit in the dunes will be hosting the eleventh and twelfth race of the season on 19 and 20 August. While Ekström will be defending his DTM points’ lead, Müller is aiming at another top ten result after three consecutive races in which he didn’t score any points.