RACB National Team working to secure Gilles Magnus’ seat

Geoffroy Theunis, the general manager of the RACB National Team programme, says the initiative is working hard to secure a place on the WTCR grid for Gilles Magnus for the 2021 season.

Magnus raced in WTCR with backing from the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium’s talent-search initiative last year and enjoyed an impressive campaign on track, winning the Rookie Driver title and finishing fifth overall at the wheel of a Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS.

Work is now ongoing to secure a place on the grid for the 21-year-old for the season ahead as he seeks to try and challenge for a maiden race win, following four podium finishes in his debut campaign.

“We’re working hard to bring Gilles back onto the WTCR grid,” Theunis said. “He deserved it with his Rookie title. It will be fantastic to see Gilles in the second year and I hope that he’ll be one of the front-runners. It’s a great championship for the young guns.”

Magnus will be embarking on a third year working with the RACB, having spent a season in TCR Europe before the step up to WTCR.

“I’m really grateful because it’s due to them and thanks to them that I’m here,” he said. “For many, it’s an opportunity to change their lives. It changed my life completely.

“It’s not only the financial support that enables me to be here, but also physical preparation, mental preparation and communications. They take care of everything and for me it’s a real luxury to be in this position. It’s a great opportunity.”