Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss will drive for German squad ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. Announced on Latvian television earlier today [1 March], Nitiss will contest all 12 rounds of the Championship in a brand new Seat Ibiza RX Supercar. Having spent the past two World RX seasons driving for Ford Olsbergs MSE, Nitiss has amassed seven podium finishes including one victory. He also holds the record as the youngest World RX event winner after taking the overall Supercar victory at the 2014 Hell RX when he was just 18-years-old.
When asked about his decision to swap teams, Nitiss explained: “The FIA World Rallycross Championship is currently developing at a very fast pace, and we began discussions with multiple teams late last year – ALL-INKL.COM Racing came out on top thanks to their action plan and potential.”
He added: “ALL-INKL.COM engineers and specialists have years of experience in top level racing series – GT1, WTCC and rallycross. In the last two years, racing Audi S3 RX cars, the team has gained some invaluable knowledge, and I believe that we will be competitive in the championship with the new Seat Supercars.”
Team owner Rene Munnich, who is planning to drive the team’s second car, added: “I have known Reinis for some time now, we were actually competing against each other in the S1600 category a few years ago. He is young gun: quick and very good. We have been actively working on preparing the new car for the last couple of months and I hope that with it, Reinis will be able to fight not only for podiums, but outright victories as well.”
Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, concluded: “The news about Reinis joining ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport follows hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement about Sebastien Loeb competing full-time in the Championship. Rallycross is known for its hugely talented and diverse drivers and it’s excellent to be able to confirm Reinis as the latest driver to compete this season. We also have an exciting new TV deal for Latvia which we will confirm in the upcoming days.”