The Münnich Motorsport team has confirmed it will run a reduced World Touring Car Championship programme next year ahead of a full-scale return to the series in 2015.
The German team’s announcement follows confirmation that its lead driver, Rob Huff, has signed to race for LADA for the next two seasons.
The team, winner of last year’s FIA GT1 Championship, joined the World Touring Car Championship this year with a trio of SEAT León WTCCs, sensationally signing Huff alongside its already confirmed line-up of team manager / driver Marc Basseng and team owner / driver René Münnich.
Huff scored the team’s first victory at the Hungaroring in May and currently sits in sixth place in the Drivers’ Championship standings, while Basseng lies thirteenth overall with a highest race finish of fourth, earned in sodden conditions at the curtain-raising round in Monza. Münnich has been less fortunate, and is currently placed fourteenth in the Yokohama Independent Trophy series.
The team had been on the hunt to tie itself with another manufacturer ahead of the major rules overhaul for 2014, but with negotiations with RML and SEAT falling through (with the latter opting not to provide manufacturer support for the time being), the team confirmed it would scale back its involvement while it sought a fresh deal for 2015.
Basseng and Münnich will have occasional outings in their SEAT Leóns – which will effectively compete in the ‘B’ Class tier of the championship – ahead of a hoped-for full scale return the following year.
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