Fredy Barth has confirmed he will make a full-time return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship, after announcing that he will drive for the Wiechers-Sport BMW team for the upcoming season.
The announcement came just days after the Swiss driver confirmed he had parted ways with SEAT after the two were unable to secure a deal for his return to the WTCC.
Barth will pilot the team’s sole BMW 320TC in 2013, following the outfit claiming two race wins with Stefano D’Aste last season.
“I am convinced that with the BMW and Wiechers-Sport we have the right package to successfully challenge not only for points, but for race victories,” Barth said in the announcement, which was made at the Geneva Motor Show.
“I am delighted that Fredy will be driving for us. We warmly welcome Fredy and his partners and look forward to working together with them. We are facing a new and exciting season and I’m sure that, once Fredy has got to know the BMW, he will be very competitive!” Wiechers-Sport team manager Dominik Greiner added.
Barth has already committed to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, meaning he is likely to miss the WTCC rounds at Portugual and Brazil. The team will negotiate for a stand-in driver for those two events.