Fredy Barth will be missing in action from this year's WTCC competition

Swiss racer Fredy Barth has confirmed that he will not be on the grid for the start of this year’s World Touring Car Championship season after failing to secure a drive to remain in the series.

However, the 32-year-old is targeting a full-time return to the championship in 2013, and he hasn’t ruled out joining the championship later this year, should his fortunes change.

The FIA had stipulated that all drivers and teams register their intention to compete in this year’s championship by the end of February, but Barth and his major backers, SEAT Swiss Racing, elected not to do so.

Barth has competed in the last two seasons of the World Touring Car Championship. Despite a solid effort in his rookie season in 2010, his second year in the championship proved to be a complete disaster with just a handful of points’ finishes. His season came to a violent end at the Macau finale, when he was injured in a heavy practice accident at Macau.

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