Friday 21 December 2018

Timo Scheider secures full-time drive for 2019 World RX championship

PHOTO CREDIT: FIA World Rallycross Media
Two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider to compete in the full 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship with Münnich Motorsport.

Scheider competed in a handful of World RX events with Münnich Motorsport during the 2018 season, but he will now lead the team, as it progresses to a full ten-round World RX campaign in 2019. 

Timo will be driving a newly built Seat Ibiza Supercar in 2019.

“It’s no secret that I was bitten by the rallycross bug a long time ago," said Scheider. "Consequently, I am more than happy to be entering my first full season as a member of Rene’s strong squad."

"We have slightly restructured the team and are preparing for the new challenges with the utmost diligence and ambition. I am very pleased to be taking my involvement in the rallycross scene to the next level." 

The Austrian driver made his World RX debut with Rene Münnich's team in 2015 prior to his first full season in 2017, where he collected a podium en route to a top ten finish in the overall standings.

"For me too, this very special discipline is the perfect arena for tough, spectacular motorsport – and that goes for the fans and drivers in equal measure. I cannot wait for the start of the season in April,” he said. 

Rene Münnich will continue to compete in the World RX championship, but only selected rounds. 

“Despite the withdrawal of some manufacturers, I firmly believe in the future of the World Rallycross Championship, because for private teams it provides a massive opportunity to showcase themselves on a global and professional platform with a huge following," said Rene Münnich, Münnich Motorsport team manager and driver. 

"I am delighted that Timo Scheider will be contesting his first full season in parallel with his commitments as a BMW works driver," he adds. "He has quickly adapted to the demands of rallycross and demonstrated his enormous potential on multiple occasions."

"I feel confident that we have a very good overall package and that we will be genuine contenders for top positions.”

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