The Swiss driver now completes the line-up that already comprises Gabriele Tarquini, Tiago Monteiro, and Michel Nykjær, as well as rookie drivers Aleksei Dudukalo and Pepe Oriola. The six drivers will compete with SEAT León TDIs, which will later be modified to turbocharged units during the season.
“We are very happy to race six cars once again,” said Team Principal Joan Orús.
“It will be an interesting season and I am sure that all our drivers have the necessary skill to succeed.”
SUNRED itself will field three separate team identities, with Tarquini and Dudukalo running under the Lukoil-SUNRED banner, Monteiro, Nykjær and Oriola running under SUNRED Engineering, and Barth running under the SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED moniker.
Barth finished thirteenth overall in last year’s WTCC standings in his debut season, earning a best finish of fourth place at the opening race in Marrakech.
Team boss Orús also confirmed that the outfit will contest the Yokohama Independents’ Trophies (Drivers and Constructors) for the 2011 season, as well as the overall Drivers’ Championship crown.
The six cars will compete against all of the BMW-powered outfits as well as Bamboo Engineering, which is believed to be considering a second season with customer Chevrolets.
The two outfits competing for the WTCC Manfuacturers’ Championship crown will be the works outfits of RML Chevrolet and Polestar Volvo, which makes its full-time debut in the series.
[Original image via MotorsportFanMedia]
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