Dealing with a new project can bring different outcomes, like the incredible start of the Ford Focus RS RX or the unconvincing progress of the SEAT Ibiza RX of Münnich Motorsport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and the development of the new machine will lose an important part of it, as driver Reinis Nitiss announced his exit of the German squad with the Spanish car.
Nitiss declared that he understood how demanding can be the development of a new car, and while he recognized that Münnich Motorsport made some progress over the season with some exhaustive work for all the team members, they weren’t able to bring better results in 2016, so team and driver agreed to part ways, meaning that the World RX of France at Lohéac will be the last opportunity for Nitiss to be competitive in the Ibiza RX.
The best achievements in the season for Nitiss were two participations in the semifinals, at Mettet and Hell, which put him currently in 16th place with 23 points, way behind his fellow countryman and World RX rookie Janis Baumanis and behind the two Hoonigan entries with the new Ford Focus RS RX, with Nitiss’ former team mate Andreas Bakkerud having two event wins until this point.
After France, Münnich Motorsport will put different drivers in the vacant Ibiza RX and will focus the rest of the season on car testing, with DTM ace Timo Scheider being the first driver called to compete with it, and Nitiss will go back to the same Olsbergs MSE he left in early 2016 to participate in a third entry of the team at Barcelona. He achieved his maiden World RX victory as well six podiums during the two years he spent into Andreas Eriksson’s team and knows pretty well their Fiesta ST, what puts him as a hot contender for a good result.