Munnich Motorsport will field three SEAT Leons in next year's WTCC line-up

FIA GT1 champions Münnich Motorsport will run three SEAT Leóns in next year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship.

According to a report in AUTOSPORT, the German outfit will field team owner/managers René Münnich and Marc Basseng, along with one-time F1 driver Markus Winkelhock in next year’s championship.

As part of the lead-up to his decision to switch series, Münnich – a four-time rallycross champion – made a one-off appearance with Special Tune Racing at the WTCC round at Suzuka, finishing 17th and 20th in the weekend’s two races.

Münnich Motorsport secured this year’s FIA GT1 World Championship title with Basseng and Winkelhock piloting a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. But the FIA’s decision to dissolve the championship and reband it the GT3 Sprint Series has prompted Münnich’s decision to quit the championship and take his team elsewhere.

“We don’t think the world series is a true world championship and the marketing and PR behind the WTCC makes it easier to make the investment,” team manager Basseng told AUTOSPORT.

“[Therefore] we will switch to the WTCC as long as nothing unexpected happens. We are in final discussion to buy three SEAT Leóns.”

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