Scuderia Proteam has announced its plans to remain on next year's WTCC grid

Scuderia Proteam Motorsport has rejected claims of recent financial uncertainty surrounding the team, announcing plans to be on next year’s World Touring Car Championship grid with a two-car team.

Concerns were sparked in recent weeks with the new that the team’s flamboyant owner, Valmiro Presenzini, had been arrested on suspicion of tax evasion.

In turn, some five properties in Italy were initially seized have now been released, as they were conveniently owned by his wife. There were also reports that his WTCC team had been put into liquidation.

While Presenzini was remanded in custody yesterday at the first official hearing into the matter, Proteam team principal Marco Guidicci has said that it’s business as usual as the team prepares for the 2012 season.

He confirmed that the team was seeking to retain its existing line-up of Mehdi Bennani and Javier Villa, and that it was in advanced negotiations with both drivers to pilot their BMW 320TC cars. An announcement confirming the team’s line-up is expected in early January.

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