Monday | 06 Sep 2021

Münnich races to maiden Euro RX1 triumph

René Münnich emerged from a dramatic Euro RX1 final to claim a maiden triumph for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport ahead of Andréa Dubourg and Tamás Kárai at Lohéac yesterday (5 September).

René Münnich emerged from a dramatic Euro RX1 final to claim a maiden triumph for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport ahead of Andréa Dubourg and Tamás Kárai at Lohéac yesterday (5 September).

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.”