Muennich Motorsport almost on the podium in Shanghai

Rob Huff scored points on position four and six for the racing stable from Saxony.

Friedersdorf/Shanghai (rol/ot) The German Team ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport from Friedersdorf missed the podium just scarcely at the second to last season event of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with the runs 21 and 22 this weekend (2nd /3rd of November) in the Chinese metropolis Shanghai. The British Rob Huff, Touring Car world champion of 2012, scored two point rankings for the racing stable from Saxony in his Seat Léon with the starting number 1 on Sunday.

Robert Huff, SEAT Leon WTCC, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport
Robert Huff, SEAT Leon WTCC, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport

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At the second race he finished fourth and at the first race he finished on position six. So he improved his overall world championship position to six. And the Münnich crew secured the third position in the team rankings, the Yokohama Teams' Trophy. Winners on the 4.603 km long alternative of the „Shanghai International Circuit“, where the Formula 1 is also held since 2004, have been the British Tom Chilton in the Chevrolet Cruze in run 21 and the Portuguese Tiago Monteiro in the Honda Civic in run 22.

„It has been good races for our team without any bigger problems. Rob scored the aimed point rankings with his experience and track knowledge. Unfortunately he missed the podium scarcely in the second race. Marc and I had ups and downs“, the team principal René Münnich said, and who finished on positions 18 and 22 in the Seat #37.

The Team manager Marc Basseng (#38/both Neusalza-Spremberg) finished on positions 15 and 18. The choice for the right set of tires has been very difficult under these tough conditions with a drying track after rain, fog and smog. Some drove on slicks, others on rain tires. The Münnich pilots had a combination of both. Rob Huff and René Münnich had slicks on the front axle, Marc Basseng had rain tires at front and slicks on the rear axle.

And that made itself felt up to the end of the race that was started behind the Safety Car. When Rob Huff, who was the best of the remaining field after five Chevrolet cars, and René Münnich could improve their starting positions, Marc Basseng, who made his way up to position ten in the third lap after the Safety Car phase coming from 14, then dropped down to position 15.

Marc Basseng and René Münnich could improve their starting positions about one rank at the second race. Rob Huff lost his third position right at the start certainly. But he sticked to the Honda on position three the whole race and he tried to score the podium placing several times, but in the end it didn’t work out.

The British announced in Shanghai before the 22nd run, he will be on start at the World Touring Car Championship in a works Lada in 2014 and 2015. The Team ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport will take a part break at the WTCC. „Marc and I will have some infrequent races with the old car next year, when we have some space in our schedule.

In 2015 we will be on start at the World Touring Car Championship again with the whole team“, the racing stable owner René Münnich said, and who will be on start at the Rallycross world championship in 2014. Coming Thursday and Friday (7th/8th of November) the first test drives are scheduled with the Audi A3 that was built for the Rallycross world championship by ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport.

At the WTCC the big finale is scheduled for the racing stable from Saxony on the city course in Macau from 15th to 17th of November with the season runs 23 and 24.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Tom Chilton , Rob Huff , Marc Basseng , René Münnich
Teams Münnich Motorsport
Article type Race report
Tags basseng, huff, munnich motorsport, seat leon, shanghai, wtcc