Rene Münnich is a German entrepreneur, an owner of the racing team and racing driver who currently competes in the European Rallycross championship and World Rallycross Championship. Münnich is an owner of web hosting service all-inkl.com, which is the main sponsor of his racing team Münnich Motorsport since its foundation in 2006.
Münnich started to race in 2005. From the start of a career, he was combining sports car, touring car and rallycross competitions. He retained such a schedule over an entire career, recording more than fifty starts in the World Touring Car Championship and more than seventy starts in the European and World Rallycross Championship.
Rene founded Münnich Motorsport in 2006
Rene Munnich was born on May 6, 1977, in Löbau, East Germany. He entered motorsport in 2005, founding a racing team one year later, competing under the All-inkl.com Racing banner in the 2006 FIA GT Championship, running a Lamborghini Murcielago.
Munnich himself debuted in racing in 2007, driving a Lamborghini Gallardo in four races of the ADAC GT Masters, together with Christophe Bouchut. In 2007, Münnich also debuted in the ADAC Procar series and European Rallycross Championship.
Munnich was driving Škoda Fabia rallycross car since 2008
Six rallycross seasons with Škoda Fabia cars
After his ERX debut in 2007 with Volkswagen Polo, Munnich switched to Škoda Fabia T16 4x4 for the 2008 European Rallycross Championship season. He spent four WRX seasons with that car, finishing best in the 2010 season when he was 15th in the final championship standings. In 2012, Munnich switched to Škoda Fabia S1600, competing the next two ERX seasons with that car, finishing in the 10th place for two years in a row.
In 2012, Münnich debuted in the WTCC as a driver, a year later as a team owner
WTCC debut with Seat Leon in 2012
In 2012, Munnich opened a new chapter in his career, debuting in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. He was driving Special Tuning Racing's Seat Leon WTCC in the Japanese round at Suzuka Circuit.
For the next season, Munnich purchased three Seat Leons to enter the full season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship with his team. In 2013, ReneMunnich was driving the #37 Seat Leon WTCC. Other two drivers were Marc Basseng, who won the 2012 FIA GT1 Championship with Munnich Motorsport, and the reigning touring car world champion Rob Huff. Munnich was not so successful, scoring no points. Huff scored two wins and finished fourth in the points.
Rene Münnich in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship
2014 - Chevrolet in the WTCC, Audi in the World RX
For the 2014 WTCC season, Munnich Motorsport switched to Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 cars, with Rene Munnich driving the #77 car and Gianni Morbidelli in the #10 car. Munnich scored points in two races, finishing 19th in the overall standings.
In 2014, while competing in the WTCC, Munnich entered the inaugural season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, running Audi S3 Supercar in three events. He also participated in some sports car races driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, with second place at 24h Dubai as his best result.
Munnich in the 2015 World Rallycross Chanpionship with Audi S3
2015 - full season in the WRX, part-time schedule in TCR
In 2015, Münnich left WTCC to enter the full World RX season with Audi S3, having also some famous co-drivers in the team occasionally, such were Timo Scheider or Gianni Morbidelli. Münnich managed to qualify in the Semifinal two times during a season but finished the championship at the back of the standings.
During 2015, Münnich participated in some touring car races, not in the WTCC but in the TCR International Series. He was driving Honda Civic for WestCoast Racing in four rounds, scoring one podium in Chinese round and finishing 1tth in the points.
Münnich started to race with Seat Ibiza RX Supercar in 2016
2016 – one more season with a double program
In 2016, Münnich changed a car, running a Seat Ibiza Supercar in the World Rallycross Championship, with Reinis Nitiss, Timo Scheider and Tommy Rustad as teammates. Without notable results, Münnich was again at the back of the field at the end of the season.
His touring car program in 2016 was limited to two WTCC rounds with Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1. He scored points once, finishing ninth at Hungaroring. He also had one-off appearances in the European Touring Car Cup and ADAC TCR Germany with Honda Civic.
Focusing on rallycross in 2017
For the 2017 season, Münnich hired Rob Huff to drive Citroen C-Elysee WTCC for his team in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Münnich himself focused on rallycross, participating both in the European and World Rallycross Championship, continuing to run Seat Ibiza Supercar.