The Münnich Motorsport team has secured the two remaining RML-built Chevrolet Cruzes for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, with team owner/driver René Münnich to be partnered by four-time Italian Superstars champion and former F1 driver, Gianni Morbidelli, who makes a full-time return to the championship.
Having fielded three SEAT León WTCCs in its first year of WTCC competition last year for Münnich, Marc Basseng and Rob Huff (who won two races), the team had planned on a limited program in 2014, competing in the TC2 championship tier for older-spec machinery.
But with Bamboo Engineering’s recent announcement that it would not contest the 2014 championship, that paved the way for Münnich Motorsport to acquire the two newer-spec Cruzes that had been assigned to the team.
“I received a last minute offer to buy them, and could not drop the opportunity,” Münnich said.
“We are eager to benefit from the experience we won last year and are very much looking forward to the new season.”
Münnich will benefit from the arrival of the highly experienced Morbidelli, who last raced in the WTCC in 2006 with the N.Technology squad in an Alfa Romeo 156. The 46-year-old joins the team as the reigning Italian International Superstars Championship winner in the final year of the series’ existence.
“I am really excited by the idea of rejoining WTCC and working together with René Münnich and his team. They did a great job last year on their maiden season,” Morbidelli said.
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