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Scheider is one of the most versatile drivers in the World RX field, having won the Spa 24 Hours and Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance classics and placed third in class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 42-year-old made his World RX debut with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in Barcelona in 2015. His maiden podium came in the same event two years later with the MJP Racing Team Austria.
His first full season in the championship in 2019 saw him progress through to the final on three occasions en route to ninth in the drivers' standings. A year later, he improved to eighth overall, adding another podium finish to his tally in the opening round at Höljes.
The German returns to happy hunting ground, as he kicks-starts a third full-season with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.
"It’s so nice to start the season in Barcelona because this event has been a special one for me since 2017 when I achieved my first World RX podium there," Scheider said. "The wait has already been too long – more than half-a-year away from World RX is far too much – but now it’s almost time to go racing again!"
Scheider will be partnered in Münnich’s three-strong stable of SEAT Ibizas for the Catalunya curtain-raiser by team owner Rene Münnich and Mandie August.
Mandie August is the most active female racer in the discipline. Twice a top-three championship finisher at Super1600 level in domestic competition, the German participated in the same class in Euro RX from 2008 to 2015. Behind the wheel of first a Volkswagen Polo and subsequently a Škoda Fabia, she reached the semi-final stage on several occasions and scored points in more than half of the events she entered in her final season.
After clinching the Rallycross Challenge Europe crown in 2016 in an Audi S3, she returned to Euro RX but in the headlining Supercar category under the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport banner. A full season in 2019 saw her secure a brace of semi-final berths and 12th spot in the points.
The 47-year-old improved upon that to claim 11th in the classification in 2020, progressing through to the semi-final in both rounds of the truncated campaign. She then made her World Championship bow in the double-header season finale in Barcelona, in so doing becoming only the second woman ever to start a World RX event – and she is now set to do battle again at the same circuit next month.