Swiss racer Fredy Barth is targeting a third season of competition in the World Touring Car Championship, no doubt hoping that he can put to rest the demons of a troubled 2011 campaign.
After an impressive 2010 rookie season where he finished thirteenth in the Drivers’ Championship in his SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED entry, the 32-year-old slipped to nineteenth overall in a wretched 2011 campaign driving his vampire-fanged León.
He finished in the points on just four occasions, with eighth place in the first race the Race of Hungary proving his best finish of the season.
His year came to a violent end with a sickening practice accident at the season-ending round on the streets of Macau, in which he was knocked unconscious and his car caught fire. He was not allowed to take to the races as a result of the concussion he suffered when his head hit the car’s rollbar.
For Barth, the 2012 season will see more SEATs on the grid, with Britain’s Special Tune Racing team recently announcing its plans to join the championship with a two-car effort backed by SEAT.
SUNRED, meanwhile, will continue to field up to six cars next year, although it is not yet known if their Leóns will be equipped with the custom-developed Lehmann 1.6-litre turbo engine (used in 2011) or if they will switch to the engine being developed by SEAT Sport.
“I’m waiting for SEAT Switzerland to see what they’re able to do,” he told the TouringCarTimes website.
“We need more budget for testing, for being able to prepare the car well and to have enough people around it.
“For me, I absolutely want to do the Championship again, first of all I think I can do better than  and second of all I don’t want to leave with a result of a year like this, I’d want to leave with a good memory and good results.”
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