The German was on the leading pace throughout to place fourth in the intermediate standings and seal a front row starting spot for the second semi-final. A sensational start propelled the SEAT Ibiza into an immediate lead that Münnich would retain to the end, and from the front row again in the final, he looked set for a podium finish in second – until that podium turned into victory when leader Andreas Bakkerud suddenly slowed and stopped with barely a lap left to run.
Münnich duly raced past to take a popular first win in the European Championship, followed home by fans’ favourite Dubourg, whose brother Jean Baptiste – second in the title chase arriving at Lohéac – exited proceedings before the semi-final stage after a Q4 clash with DA Racing team-mate Romuald Delaunay left him with a broken arm.
Kárai celebrated his own milestone result in third to cap an excellent weekend, while Bakkerud managed to get his ESMotorsport Škoda re-started to take fourth – a result that has elevated the Norwegian to the top of the points table – ahead of team-mate Jānis Baumanis and Fabien Pailler, who was on-course to finish second at his home track before retiring due to a battery problem.
“I’ve been competing in the European Championship for 15 years – before coming here, I looked at an entry list from back in 2007 when I started, and it featured the fathers of some of the drivers racing now!” joked Münnich. “It’s a great feeling to get our first international win in rallycross. I feel sorry for Andreas [Bakkerud] for his bad luck in the final – he was the quickest and he deserved to win – but that’s motorsport sometimes.”