Ibrahim Okyay is returning to the WTCC series

Five-time Turkish Touring Car champion Ibrahim Okyay will make a return to the World Touring Car Championship for the first time since 2008, where he will compete at the upcoming Races of Italy and Germany.

The Turk will compete in a normally-aspirated BMW 320si run by Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport.

He last competed in the WTCC in 2008 – unusually running a #13 entry (pictured) – placing sixth overall in the Independents’ Trophy standings.

“Although we managed to achieve brilliant results in … Turkey, we are aware of how difficult is to be successful in the WTCC,” he is quoted as saying.

“I don’t think that the BMW 320si may be competitive against the 1.6 turbo cars. But it’s good to be back in the World Championship, because our plan is to compete in the whole season in 2012 and the races in Monza will help us to understand where we are.”

[Original image via Flickr]

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