ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport switches to the WTCC with three Seats

GT1-World champion team will be on start at the Touring Car World Championship WTCC with three Seat, the first challenge at the 24 hour race in Dubai successfully passed.

New year, new challenge: The racing stable from Friedersdorf, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, lastly wrote motorsports history being the so far the last GT1 world champion in the team and driver rankings in 2012, will be on start at the Touring Car World Championship in 2013.

Team principal and owner of the racing stable René Münnich (Friedersdorf), Marc Basseng (Neusalza-Spremberg) and Markus Winkelhock (Berglen-Steinach) will be behind the wheel of the three Seat Leon at the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The first challenge after the switch from the sports cars to touring cars for the racing stable from Saxony was the 24 hour race of Dubai (10th to 12th of January).

Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng
Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng

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"We built a Seat Leon Supercopa LR, which is very similar to the WTCC-Seat“, Marc Basseng said, who is the team manager and driver same time this year as well. „We used the opportunity in Dubai also to get used to the front wheel drive.

And the whole team – including a few new members – had to get used to how to handle the new car under the terms of this competition.“

Certainly the Münnich-Trio hardly hoped for overall placings at the front, but they wanted to reach everything that is possible in Dubai.

In the end, they have been on second position in their class (best Seat) and at the overall rankings they were on position 45 after a long time in the pit.

"The result didn’t matter for us. Altogether it has been a successful test for the WTCC, at which we had too many technical problems (4 hours too long in the pit), but we learned a lot through that as well“, Basseng said.

Seat Leon Test Drive
Seat Leon Test Drive

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In Dubai the three drivers spelled each other behind the wheel.

But in the WTCC they are in one car each and Basseng and Winkelhock (GT1 driver world champion in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in 2012) will have to get used to that.

In contrast to that the team principal René Münnich has a big treasure trove of experience because of his successful adoptions in Rallycross at the European and German championship.

"After our successful ending of the GT1 project we will now spend time on a new challenge at the Touring Car World championships“, he said. „Seat is the logical partner for us. The car promises absolute reliability and has always been competitive.“

The 2013 season will be the year of apprenticeship and learning for his racing stable. „Certainly we will be prepared as well as we can and we have an approved team“, Münnich explained, who already won enlightening data and findings after the first test race.

"The entrance into the WTCC is the absolute right way for Münnich Motorsport“, the racing stable owner explained. "We have attended two races of the WTCC already to get to know the processes.

The basic for success will certainly be the fact not to get surprised. The whole team is looking forward to the new season and this big challenge.“

The racing stable awaits the three Seat race cars for the Touring Car World Championships at the end of January, beginning of February. After that the first test drives are scheduled in Spain.

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Series WTCC , Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Markus Winkelhock , Marc Basseng , René Münnich
Teams Münnich Motorsport
Article type Breaking news
Tags, basseng, fia-gt, winkelhock, wtcc