Stefano D’Aste will go it alone in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship season. The Italian has announced that he will enter this year’s championship – which starts in just three weeks at Monza – with his own team, PM Motorsport, fielding a BMW 320TC.
This no doubt explains why D’Aste was unable to confirm his 2013 intentions at the time of our exclusive interview with him last month, which you can read by clicking here.
The 37-year-old’s entry will be a start-up team, with the Italian now facing the task of getting his racing programme finalised, including the recruitment of remaining team members and finding further sponsorship.
“I am happy with the decision to race with my own team,” he said. “We have obviously a lot to learn, which is why we prefer to run only one car this year. In these days I am putting the team together, hiring the staff, buying the equipment.
“We are incredibly motivated for this new challenge and this will help us to be ready in time for the first event that is only three weeks away.”
D’Aste has been a regular competitor in the Independent Trophy category of the WTCC since the championship was re-formed in 2005. He has driven exclusively for the Wiechers and Scuderia Proteam outfits, and claimed two outright victories for the former at last year’s rounds at Austria and Japan.
D’Aste will officially launch his team on March 9 in the Italian town of Franciacorta.
Wiechers-Sport, meanwhile, has confirmed that it will remain in the WTCC as a one-car entry. Details of its driver signing is expected soon.