Despite all the controversy over the past DTM events at the Red Bull Ring, German Audi driver Timo Scheider got a good opportunity to do a change of environment, as he will debut in the FIA World Rallycross Championship this year.
The place which will receive the DTM driver is the Circuit of Catalunya-Barcelona, as the tenth round of the championship will visit part of the last section of the grand prix circuit, with a bit more of dirt and gravel to make things interesting. Despite the track layout differences, it will be a comeback for Scheider to the Spanish circuit, where he won a race in 2009 in DTM, in an Abt Sportsline Audi A4.
The machine that the double DTM champion will drive will still be an Audi, but the Audi S3 he will drive will come with around the same power as his touring car, but with less aero and more possibility to go sideways. The team that will welcome him is the AllInkl.com Münnich Motorsport squad, as he will replace the team owner, Rene Münnich.
Münnich Motorsport is having a good string of results lately, as Tommy Rustad finished fourth in his one-off for the team at Trois-Rivieres, in Canada, and Swedish driver Alx Danielsson made a spectacular presentation at Hell, Norway, also finishing fourth and even winning the semifinal where he was in as his highlight, proving that the car can compete with the likes of Team Peugeot-Hansen, SDRX and Olsbergs MSE.
Curiously, in one of the other teams that make use of Audi models in this World RX season, more specifically EKSRX, is the current DTM standings leader and EKSRX owner Mattias Ekström, who is making a full-season attack to World RX in an Audi S1, and this full-time commitment proved to bring results to him, as he won the controversal Höljes round and finished second at Lydden Hill, England.
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until September 20th to see Scheider in action, but the World RX machines and drivers return this weekend to the track at Loheac, France, with a special guest drive of the WTCC champion Yvan Muller.
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