The Wiechers-Sport team has become the latest outfit to confirm that it will skip the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship season, although it has given assurances that it will be back in 2015.
The small privateer team from Germany has been part of the WTCC since 2005, twice winning the Yokohama Independent Trophy drivers’ championship title with Marc Hennerici in 2005 and Stefano D’Aste in 2007.
The shift to the new technical regulations is to blame, and with long-time partner BMW opting not to finance the development of a car that conforms to them, the team has elected to give this year a miss so it can find a new partner, rather than run in the second-tier TC2 category open to older-spec cars, such as the BMW 320TC the team has been running.
“We have looked at all options for a start this season. Unfortunately the demand for a TC2 vehicle is virtually non-existent, so we were unable to achieve a sporting and economic basis for this year,” Wiechers-Sport team manager, Dominik Greiner, said.
“Our goal is quite clear to go for a TC1 vehicle in 2015, we are working hard for it,” he added.
Their announcement mirrors that of fellow BMW privateer PB Racing, owned by Stefano D’Aste, which confirmed it would also be missing from the 2014 grid for the same reason.
Fellow independent runners Bamboo Engineering also confirmed they would also take a sabbatical, despite having a pair of TC1-spec Chevrolet Cruzes lined up for the year – those were promptly snapped up by the Münnich Motorsport team.
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