Thomp­son re­joins WTCC in a Cruze

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Tour­ing car ace James Thomp­son will re­turn to the World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship this week­end af­ter agree­ing a late deal to drive for Mun­nich Motorsport at the Slovakia Ring.

The two-time British Tour­ing Car cham­pion will re­place team boss Rene Mun­nich, who has clash­ing World Rallycross com­mit­ments, and will drive a Chevro­let Cruze.

It is cur­rently just a oner­ound deal but de­pend­ing on how Thomp­son gets on, there could be fur­ther out­ings later in the sea­son.

Team man­ager Do­minik Greiner said: “The most im­por­tant thing for James will be track time; to drive and learn the car.

“For the moment it’s only a one-off event for James but Rene has some more RX clashes dur­ing the sea­son, so let’s see how things go dur­ing the week­end.”

Thomp­son last raced in the cat­e­gory in 2015 with the Lada squad.

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