Timo Scheider is fired-up for a successful start to the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship season in Catalunya next month (23/24 July), as he spearheads a three-strong entry for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in the event alongside René Münnich and Mandie August.
Two times a DTM champion, Scheider is one of the most versatile drivers in the World RX field, having similarly won the Spa 24 Hours and Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance classics and placed third in-class in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours. Not only that, but in his rookie Formula 3 campaign, the German finished as runner-up in the domestic series to future Formula 1 star, Nick Heidfeld.
Scheider debuted in World RX with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in Barcelona in 2015. His maiden podium came in the same event two years later, while the 42-year-old’s first full season in the championship in 2019 saw him progress through to the final on three occasions en route to ninth in the Drivers’ rankings.
Scheider improved a spot to eighth overall in 2020, adding another rostrum to his tally in the opening round at Höljes. As he heads back to a happy hunting ground to kick-start the forthcoming campaign, he is champing at the bit to get out on-track.
“It’s so nice to start the season in Barcelona, because this event has been a special one for me since 2017, when I achieved my first World RX podium there,” the Lahnstein native enthused. “The wait has already been too long – more than half-a-year away from World RX is far too much – but now it’s almost time to go racing again!”
Scheider will be partnered in Münnich’s three-strong stable of SEAT Ibizas for the Catalunya curtain-raiser by team-mates Münnich and August.
A team owner, successful entrepreneur and experienced driver, Münnich began his rallycross career in FIA Euro RX in Division 1A (now RX3) in 2007. He stepped up to Division 1 (now RX1) for the following four seasons, with two subsequent years in the Super1600 category yielding tenth in the points table on both occasions.
Further outings in Euro RX’s Supercar class resulted in a brace of rostrums and multiple final appearances, with a high of fifth position in the overall standings in 2019. The 44-year-old German has also been a regular in World RX since 2014, contesting a full season in 2016. The 2020 campaign saw Münnich place 14th in the title table, which he is aiming to build upon in 2021.
August is the most active female racer in the discipline. Twice a top three championship finisher at Super1600 level in domestic competition, the German participated in the same class in Euro RX from 2008 to 2015. Behind the wheel of first a Volkswagen Polo and subsequently a Škoda Fabia, she reached the semi-final stage on several occasions and scored points in more than half of the events she entered in her final season.
After clinching the Rallycross Challenge Europe crown in 2016 in an Audi S3, August returned to Euro RX but in the headlining Supercar category under the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport banner. A full season in 2019 saw her secure a brace of semi-final berths and 12th spot in the points.
The 47-year-old improved upon that to claim 11th in the classification in 2020, progressing through to the semi-final in both rounds of the truncated campaign. She then made her World Championship bow in the double-header season finale in Barcelona, in so doing becoming only the second woman ever to start a World RX event – and she is now set to do battle again at the same circuit next month.