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WORLD RX TEAM BY TEAM REVIEW - ALL-INKL.COM MUNNICH

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Team: ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport

Car: Seat Ibiza RX

Drivers: Timo Scheider (DEU) #44, Rene Muennich (DEU) #77, Mandie August (DEU) #38

Teams’ Championship Points: 115

Teams’ Championship Position: 5th

 

The ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport team returned to the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2020 as a two-car operation with high hopes and further developments to the Seat Ibiza RX. Timo Scheider took a podium in round one but the team didn’t visit the top three again through the season. Muennich was a consistent challenger for the semi-finals, but he missed the final two rounds at the World RX of Spain, where Euro RX driver Mandie August took Muennich’s seat to make her World RX debut.

 

Here’s how Scheider, Muennich and August fared head-to-head:

 

Quickest Qualifying Times:

TS 0 – 0 RM / MA

The Ibiza RX had moments of fast pace through the eight rounds in 2020, but it wasn’t enough to challenge the top of the qualifiers. Scheider’s best effort was P4, in the first Q of the season at Holjes-Sweden in round one, and in Q2 in Catalunya-Barcelona in round seven.

 

Semi-final starts:

TS 8 – 1 RM / MA

Scheider started in the semi-finals in every round of the 2020 season. Muennich also qualified for the semi-finals two times, in Holjes-Sweden in round two, before he retired with technical problems during the race, and in round five at Riga-Latvia, but the team owner had qualified in front of Scheider in the Intermediate Classification and Scheider was first reserve for the semis, so Munnich withdrew to allow the lead driver a place in the top 12. The next day in the semi-finals in round six, while fighting for a place in the final, Scheider and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud had contact that put Bakkerud in the wall, and Scheider was disqualified from the race and didn’t make the final. August only just missed the place in the semi-finals in the last round of the season in her second World RX start.

 

Final starts:

TS 3 – 0 RM / MA

Scheider began the year with three final starts in a row, but technical issues and the Ibiza not being quite as at home in the wet conditions during round four meant his fun of finals ended in Kouvola-Finland, and he didn’t return to the top six for the remaining four rounds.

 

Podiums:

TS 1 – 0 RM / MA

Although Scheider’s podium in round one at Holjes-Sweden, his first in World RX since 2017, was due to a penalty for Sweden’s Anton Marklund, he and the Ibiza had the pace in Sweden to make the top three on merit, and he nearly repeated the same result in round two the next day, but it wasn’t to be.

 

Championship:

TS (8th) 92 points – RM (14th) 18 points – MA (23rd) 5 points

In the final standings, Scheider finished a little way behind the battle for the top three in the Drivers’ Championship, which mirrored his results during the second half of the season. Muennich was consistently a semi-final challenger and was rewarded with 18 points, and August was solid in her World RX debut weekend to score five points.

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