The Proteam Racing outfit has secured the rights to run Honda’s fourth 2014-spec Civic racer in next year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship, which will also see it continue to use the services of Moroccan racer Mehdi Bennani.
Honda had been expected to confirm the details of the second independent team – alongside Zengö Motorsport – to whom it would supply one of its new racing cars, and Proteam has confirmed the rumours with this weekend’s announcement.
The independent Italian team has been a fixture in the WTCC since the championship was re-formed in 2005, twice winning the Yokohama Independent Trophy championship with Sergio Hérnandez in 2008 and 2010. The outfit has always competed as a BMW customer entry.
This year has proven to be similarly successful. Bennani has claimed four class wins to-date in 2013, with the highlights being three outright second-placed finishes.
“After ten years as a BMW customer team, we are truly excited and honoured to be welcomed in the Honda racing family,” Proteam Racing team principal Valmiro Presenzini said.
“We are fully confident that Bennani will be able to deliver some impressive performance at the wheel of the new Civic.”
“Throughout the current season I think I proved that I am capable of achieving excellent results and fighting for the top positions,” thirty-year-old Bennani added.
“I claimed three second places and four victories in the Yokohama Trophy, and I had close fights for the overall victory with the likes of Tarquini, Coronel and Huff. I am very excited now to make another step forward and being entrusted one of the most competitive cars in the field.”