Norbert Michelisz is believed to be switching to BMW power for the 2011 WTCC season Norbert Michelisz looks set to contest a second full season of the World Touring Car Championship in 2011, but for the first time without SEAT power.

The 26-year-old Hungarian is believed to have secured backing from the Dension electronics group to stay on, and that he will continue to run with the Zengö Motorsport team once again.

But it is now believed that the team will switch to BMW power for the 2011 season – putting him in the Independents’ Trophy category – and he will run one of the new 1.6-litre turbocharged engines. It is believed that the BMW 320TC he will run is being prepared by the RBM organisation, which fielded Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus in its works team last season.

Should this be the case, then Michelisz could prove a particularly competitive force in this year’s championship, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him add to his victory tally in the wake of the fine win he took at the season-ending Macau race last year.

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