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Thompson joins WTCR grid with Munnich Honda

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Thompson joins WTCR grid with Munnich Honda
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Mar 28, 2018, 7:37 PM

Two-time BTCC champion James Thompson has joined the WTCR grid for 2018 and will drive a third Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic, completing the grid.

Tiago Monteiro, Honda Civic TCR
James Thompson, All-Inkl Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Civic TCR
James Thompson, All-Inkl Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

Thompson, the 2002 and '04 BTCC title winner, has spent the last year out of racing after ending the '16 campaign with Rene Munnich's team.

He had started that season without a drive, but took over from Munnich after the first round, scoring a best finish of sixth from his eight race weekends in the squad's Chevrolet Cruze.

Thompson was announced as the team's third driver at the WTCR world cup's media launch event near Barcelona, although it is not yet clear how many rounds he will contest.

Munnich is understood to have originally been scheduled to drive the team's third car, and Thompson said he had been contacted by the team on Tuesday and "had 30 seconds to make up my mind" about driving for the squad.

With Zsolt Szabo announced as the Zengo Motorsport squad's second driver, alongside Norbert Nagy, at the launch, Thompson's late deal means the 2018 entry list is set.

2018 WTCR grid:

TeamDrivers
Comtoyou Racing (Audi)

 Aurelien Panis

 Denis Dupont

 Frederic Vervisch

 Nathanael Berthon

WRT (Audi)

 Gordon Shedden

 Jean-Karl Vernay

BRC Racing (Hyundai)

 Norbert Michelisz

 Gabriele Tarquini

Sebastien Loeb Racing (VW)

 Rob Huff

 Mehdi Bennani

Yvan Muller Racing (Hyundai)

 Yvan Muller

 Thed Bjork

Boutsen Ginion (Honda)

 Tiago Monteiro

 Tom Coronel

Munnich Motorsport (Honda)

 Esteban Guerrieri

 Yann Ehrlacher

 James Thompson

Campos Racing (SEAT)

 Pepe Oriola

 John Filippi

DG Sport Competition (Peugeot)

 Aurelien Comte

 Mat'o Homola

Romeo Fеrraris (Alfa Romeo)

 Fabrizio Giovanardi

 Gianni Morbidelli

Zengo Motorsport (SEAT)

 Norbert Nagy

 Zsolt Szabo

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Series WTCR
Drivers James Thompson
Teams Münnich Motorsport
Author Jack Cozens