James Thompson will have his second outing of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship season at the upcoming Race of Morocco in Marrakech, it has been confirmed.

The British driver will again substitute for René Münnich, piloting the German owner/driver’s Chevrolet RML Cruze while he competes in the Hockenheim round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Thompson has previously deputised for Münnich at the Race of Slovakia – ending a one-year hiatus from the WTCC – and used the weekend to familiarise himself with a car he’d never driven before ahead of further expected outings later in the season. While he surprised with his early practice pace, troubles in qualifying consigned him to starting near the read of the grid and effectively out of contention for possible points finishes in the two races at the Slovakia Ring.

“James is a very good driver and a legend with four WTCC wins,” said Münnich Motorsport team manager Dominik Greiner.

“He did well in Slovakia for what was his first race in 12 months, his first race with our team and his first time in the Chevrolet. He was P5 in Free Practice 2 and was really unlucky not to progress further in qualifying. With René facing another calendar clash it made perfect sense to give James another chance. Although the objective will be to bring the car back in one piece on what is partly a street circuit after all, he will be able to directly on full power because he knows the potential of the car now.”

The Race of Morocco takes place on the weekend of May 7-8.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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