Munnich Motorsport have revealed that former DTM champion, Timo Scheider, will take over behind the wheel of their third Honda Civic TCR. The deal means that Scheider will contest all four remaining rounds of the 2018 World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season, following the departure of James Thompson.
Despite having competed in the FIA World Rallycross Championship most recently, Scheider is no stranger to the touring car scene. With Audi, the 39 year-old German enjoyed a 16-year spell in the DTM, during which he picked up back to back drivers’ championship titles in 2008 & 2009.
Although lacking in front-wheel drive experience, Scheider clearly has the pedigree to be a formidable team-mate alongside Yann Ehrlacher and Esteban Guerrieri, who find themselves in contention for the WTCR championship this year.
At the announcement of the deal, Scheider appeared excited about the challenges which he’ll face in the coming months: “It will be a hard challenge for me to join the championship in the middle of the year without any experience. 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.”
Munnich Motorsport team manager, Dominik Greiner, laid out the squad’s plans for the remainder of the season, saying: “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.”
“Scheider has tremendous experience in touring cars, and the main focus for him is the season finale Guia Race 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.”
“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.”