Friedersdorf/Budapest (rol/ot) It is achieved: The German Team ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport from Friedersdorf scored their first podium placing at the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). And even better but nearly sensational – it was a win.
At the first race the 33 year old finished fourth. After eight season runs, the British is on third position at the overall rankings of the Touring Car World Championship.
And the racing stable from Saxony holds the third position at the team rankings.
The jubilations of the whole team after the finish line and when the winner got out of the car at the pit lane were big, everybody hugged each other and they did jigs.
"To get the first position on the podium as a newcomer team already at the end of the first season third is just sensational", team principal René Münnich said.
"Podium placings always were our goal and still are. We are just happy that we achieved that for the first time now and showed our potential. This is a really important success for us."
The Muennich Seat Léon already have been proficient at the first race on the 4.381 km long Hungaroring, when Rob Huff missed the podium curtly on position four. He started from position eight and right after the start he made up four positions.
Marc Basseng was able to make up ten positions from his starting position on 21 and missed the points ranking on eleven. René Münnich made up six positions and finished on 18. Winner of this race has been the overall leader Yvan Muller in the Chevrolet Cruze.
At the second run in Budapest, Rob Huff made up one position at the start and was second. Then there was a Safety-Car-Phase after a crash at the first lap. At the Re-Start in the fifth lap it was time for the British: With a tactical masterstroke, he passed the Moroccan Mehdi Bennani (BMW 320) on the outside and defended the lead to the finish line.
Shortly after the end of the race, he thanked the whole team of ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport via radio communication for the great work. „Today I am almost as happy as I was at the win of the championship last year in Macao“, he told later at the press conference.
"These are the moments our whole team is working for all the time – before, in between and during the races. They are the best pay for all the effort“, Marc Basseng said, who is the team manager of the racing stable from Saxony same time. He wasn’t happy with his 17th position at the second race.
„Altogether we still have to work on our performance at the Qualifying and on the further development of the setup for our three cars. That way we are able to hold the third position at the team rankings and to bring our drivers as far as possible on the top of the driver’s ranking. We can now build up on the win in Hungary."
After a short celebration party the team split up on Sunday evening. René Münnich, on position 21 at the second race, and Marc Basseng made their way with one part of the crew to Nyriad (Hungary), where they will have test drives for the Rallycross European Championship run in about three weeks.
The other part of the team made their way back home to Saxony, where the preparations for the fifth season event of the WTCC on 18th/19th of May on the Salzburgring start.