Stefano D'Aste has confirmed that he will return to the World Touring Car Championship this season with his own team.

The Italian took two victories last season while with Wiechers Sport and finished seventh in the championship standings.

For the new campaign, D'Aste has elected to leave the German team to run his BMW 320 TC himself, with the PB Motorsport team set to be officially launched at the Franciacorta circuit in Italy on 9 March.

"I am happy with the decision to race with my own team," the 37-year-old, who has only driven BMW cars in the WTCC, revealed. "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 and 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, which is only three weeks away."

D'Aste's former Wiechers Sport team revealed plans to return last week, but didn't name any drivers.

2013 WTCC entry list: (as of 1 March 2013):

Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic 1.6T Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic 1.6T James Thompson Lukoil LADA Sport LADA Granta Sport Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil LADA Sport LADA Granta Sport Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic 1.6T Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Alex MacDowall Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T James Nash Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Mehdi Bennani Proteam Motorsport BMW 320 TC Rob Huff Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC Marc Basseng Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TBA Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT Leon WTCC Stefano D'Aste PB Motorsport BMW 320 TC