SCHEIDER SIGNS UP FOR WORLD RALLYCROSS
DTM champ is the latest mixed-surface convert
Former DTM champion Timo Scheider will race fulltime in the World Rallycross Championship this year, driving a brand new spec Ford Fiesta RX Supercar for Austrian squad MJP Racing Team Austria.
Like reigning World RX champion Mattias Ekstrom, Scheider has two DTM titles to his name (2008 and 2009) in a career spent driving for Audi.
He concluded his time in the German series at the end of last season and will switch disciplines in 2017.
Scheider said: “We’ve been talking for some time but now we’ve agreed on a great partnership. For me, rallycross encompasses the great passion of motorsport.”
Scheider does have existing World RX experience. He made his first outing for the All-inkl. com Munnich Motorsport team at Barcelona in 2015, driving an Audi S3. Despite setting impressive qualifying times, he didn’t make the semi-finals.
He returned for three events at the end of 2016 in the squad’s SEAT Ibiza and twice made the semis. At the Argentina season finale, he also progressed to the final and finished fourth.
“The level of World Rallycross goes up this year with more manufacturers entering, but MJP Racing has built a new car that will be a serious contender,” continued Scheider.
“They not only have great dedication but also employ a hightech approach to designing and building race cars that is unique.”
The MJP Racing Team Austria squad previously ran under the World RX Team Austria banner as a partnership between owner Max Pucher and former World Rally podium finisher Manfred Stohl. The pair split at the start of 2016.
“Last year our team achieved great results. We reached the semi-finals regularly and the fact that we placed third and fourth in Barcelona showed how competitive both the team and cars are,” said Pucher.
“Our infrastructure and capability has grown substantially over the past nine months we were able to realise our plan for a more competitive car for 2017, so that is what we are doing.”
Scheider (r) has signed with MJP