Fredy Barth will be taking his famous vampire decals to another manufacturer after announcing that he has ended his nine-year relationship with SEAT. The Swiss driver is therefore targeting a full-time return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship with another manufacturer.
The 33-year-old contested two full-time seasons in the WTCC in 2010 and 2011 under the SEAT Swiss Racing banner with SUNRED Engineering in the Independent Trophy category, as well as serving as appearing for the final two rounds of the 2012 season at Shanghai and Macau.
Despite attempts by both SEAT and Barth to put a full-time programme together over the winter, the two parties were unable to make it happen.
“After long and careful consideration the die is cast for the 2013 season and my racing future. As a consequence, SEAT and I have parted. It is a separation by mutual agreement, with great mutual goodwill and a tear in my eye,” he said.
Barth confirmed he hopes to announce his 2013 racing plans at the Geneva Motor Show next week.