Munnich Motorsport has confirmed it will run three SEAT Leon's in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2013.
The team, which is more known for its success and experience in the FIA GT1 Championship, will make the switch with drivers Markus Winkelhock, Marc Basseng and team principal Rene Munnich. The cars will be sponsored by Munnich's webhosting company ALL-INKL.COM.
The squad, which is new to front-wheel-drive cars, recently raced and finished in second place in class at the Dubai 24 hours in a similar-to WTCC specification FWD Leon, to gather information, gain experience and learn characteristics and set-up of a front-wheel-drive car in preparation for the year ahead.
Team principal Munnich has said he expects this season to be 'a learning year' but he is hopeful the outfit has the 'foundations for success'.
The cars will be completed and ready for testing in the next couple of weeks. The team have a test scheduled in Spain in late February, around a month before the first round at Monza.
Munnich Motorsport are the first SEAT team to confirm its drivers and testing for the 2013 WTCC season. UK based Special Tuning Racing are expected to be the next SEAT team to announce its plans.
by Dexter Fielding