Alain Menu’s eight-year career in the FIA World Touring Car Championship has come to an end – for the moment at least – after he confirmed he will contest the Porsche Mobile 1 Supercup, which serves as a support championship category at many Formula 1 Grands Prix.
The 49-year-old Swiss driver had his best ever season in the WTCC last year, finishing runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship standings to Chevrolet team-mate Rob Huff, claiming six race wins.
Menu – a two-time British Touring Car Champion – has spent his entire WTCC career with Chevrolet, claiming 23 race wins.
However, Chevrolet’s decision to end its works programme, coupled with the limited number of decent available drives on the 2013 grid, effectively forced Menu’s hand to switch series.
Menu last drove a Porsche competitively in 2004, making a one-off appearance in the British championship’s round at Oulton Park, where he won both races.