STAR SCHEIDER GETS WTCR OSCARO CHANCE WITH ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH
*Double DTM champion to partner Ehrlacher and Guerrieri
*New signing underlines German team’s title ambitions
include China double-header plus races in Japan and Macau
Title-winning German Timo Scheider will contest the
deciding rounds of the inaugural WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup
presented by OSCARO, driving a third Honda Civic Type R TCR for
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.
Scheider, 39, is a two-time DTM champion, current works BMW GT driver
and part of ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s FIA World Rallycross
Championship effort. He will partner Yann Ehrlacher (France) and
Esteban Guerrieri (Argentina) in the three-strong Germany-based squad
with the China WTCR OSCARO double-header in Ningbo and Wuhan up first,
followed by WTCR Race of Japan at Suzuka (26-28 October), plus the
Macau season finale (15-18 November).
“We've brought Timo into our team for the last four rounds of the
championship, as we believe he'll really bolster our challenge for the
FIA World Touring Car Cup title," said ALL-INKL.COM Münnich
Motorsport Team Manager Dominik Greiner.
“He has tremendous experience in touring cars. The main focus for him
is the season finale in Macau, so the next three rounds in China and
Japan will be more about preparation, as he won't be able to test the
car beforehand as they're already in transit to Ningbo in China.”
Scheider, who raced in the DTM for 16 seasons, will be in action for
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport at Latvia’s World RX event in Riga this
weekend (14-16 September). He will then make his WTCR OSCARO debut at
WTCR Race of China-Ningbo from 28-30 September.
“We've worked well together in rallycross, and it seemed a natural
choice as well as a perfect fit to bring him into our touring car team
as we fight to win the first WTCR – World Touring Car Cup title with
Yann and Esteban,” Greiner added.
Scheider takes over the Honda Civic Type R TCR James Thompson used to
complete his five-event WTCR OSCARO schedule with the team, which has
three wins in the championship so far.
“It will be a hard challenge for me to join the championship in the
middle of the year without any experience,” said Scheider. “But due to
the fact that I like new challenges I will give it all to get it
done as good as possible. I have no experience of any of the tracks,
unfortunately, but I will be supporting my team, having fun, making my
first experience with a front-wheel-driven car and finally making my
debut in Macau.”
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCR OSCARO promoter,
said: “We are delighted to welcome a driver with such strong pedigree
in touring car, which will only increase the level of competition and
prospect of more great racing. It was great to get René Rast as a
wildcard for WTCR Race of Germany, and now we look forward to welcome
Timo to our WTCR Asian tour.”