Muller backed for top-ten finish


Prodrive team principal Dave Wilcock says World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller should be aiming for a top-10 finish on his second World Rally Championship outing in a World Rally Car in France this week.

Muller tested the car at Prodrive's Warwick circuit last week, completing a shakedown of around 40 miles - many of which with Wilcock alongside him in the car.

"Of all the rallies Yvan could compete on, then I would say that France or Spain, would best suit him," said Wilcock.

"I both rode in the car with him and watched him drive last week and you could see him steadily adapting his driving style to suit the Mini's four wheel drive chassis.

"I'm sure that after a few stages to settle in, he will be regularly setting top-ten times and against the best rally drivers in the world that would be quite an achievement."

Muller has tackled Rallye de France, his home WRC round, for the last three years, finishing 31st in a Peugeot 207 S2000 and 42nd in 2010 while driving a Citroen Xsara WRC.

He has yet to enjoy a clean run on the roads around his birthplace without retiring from a leg.

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