Timo Scheider and Team all-inkl.com to compete in the 2019 WRX
All-inkl.com Münnich Motorsport have announced their intention to field a brand-new Seat Ibiza WRX driven by two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider in the new season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) due to start in early April. After making his debut in 2015 in the spectacular motor racing series and finishing tenth overall in 2017 as the best privateer, the 40-year-old Austrian will tackle his first full rally cross world championship season for the team from Friedersdorf in Saxony.
“Despite the withdrawal of some manufacturers, I firmly believe in the future of the World Rallycross Championship, because for private teams it provides a massive opportunity to showcase themselves on a global and professional platform with a huge following,” says team boss René Münnich, who will also be driving a second Seat Ibiza WRX at various events. “I am delighted that Timo Scheider will be contesting his first full season in parallel with his commitments as a BMW works driver. He has quickly adapted to the demands of rallycross and demonstrated his enormous potential on multiple occasions. I feel confident that we have a very good overall package and that we will be genuine contenders for top positions.”
Scheider is also bubbling with motivation: “It’s no secret that I was bitten by the rallycross bug a long time ago. Consequently, I am more than happy to be entering my first full season as a member of René’s strong squad. We have slightly restructured the team and are preparing for the new challenges with the utmost diligence and ambition. I am very pleased to be taking my involvement in the rallycross scene to the next level. For me too, this very special discipline is the perfect arena for tough, spectacular motorsport – and that goes for the fans and drivers in equal measure. I cannot wait for the start of the season in April.”
The World Rallycross Championship has established itself as one of the most spectacular and spectator-friendly racing categories ever. Contestants (either five or six per round) driving 600bhp four-wheel drive cars that accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under two seconds go head to head in short sprint races on circuits (1,200 metres max) that consist of two-thirds hard surface and one-third gravel. The stadium setting generates a heady atmosphere at the rallycross events, ensuring fans miss none of the physically charged action on the track.
The 2019 WRX calendar comprises ten fixtures on four continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and North America). The campaign begins at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit in the United Arab Emirates, which first hosted the series in 2017, and is followed by five European venues in Spain, Belgium, England and the Scandinavian rallycross strongholds of Norway and Sweden. The series then crosses the Atlantic to Trois-Rivières, around 125 kilometres north-east of Montreal in Canada. Two further races in Europe (France and Latvia) will be followed by the grand finale at the Killarney Raceway in the South African metropolis of Cape Town.