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Münnich Motorsport confirm reduced programme in 2014

The German Münnich Motorsport team have confirmed they will run a reduced programme in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season, with a target of returning in full force in 2015. The team’s announcement follows the news today that driver Rob Huff will be joining Lada next year.

The 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship winning team joined the WTCC this year with a trio of SEAT León WTCCs, signing last year’s champion Rob Huff alongside team manager/driver Marc Basseng and team principal/driver René Münnich.

Rob Huff secured the team’s first victory in Hungary in May, and currently sits in sixth place in the drivers’ standings, while Marc Basseng is 13th with a best finish of fourth during the first race at Monza, with Münnich 14th in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy for independents.

The team had been linked to becoming a potential customer of RML with new Chevrolets for 2014, as well as having been targeting potential manufacturer programmes for next season, including but not limited to SEAT. However, the team has today confirmed it plans to focus its attention on the new FIA World Rallycross Championship next season with their own Audi A3 rallycross car, while simultaneously competing in intermittent outings with their SEAT León WTCC in WTCC’s ‘Class B’, before a full return in 2015.

“The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team will take a partial break from the WTCC,” said team principal René Münnich.

“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 plan to (compete in the) World Touring Car Championship again with the whole team,” he said.