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D'Aste to race with own team

Stefano D'Aste to run with his own PB Motorsport team in the 2013 World Touring Car Championship
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



Related Pictures

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Stefano D`Aste - Wiechers Sport BMW 320 TC [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tiago Monteiro - JAS Motorsport
Tiago Monteiro - JAS Motorsport Honda Civic
Franz Engstler - Liqui Moly BMW 320si [credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Motorsport [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Motorsport [pic credit: ROAL]
Rene Munnich - Munnich Motorsport
Gianni Morbidelli - Munnich Motorsport
Munnich Motorsport will enter a pair of Chevrolet Cruzes
Munnich Motorsport will enter a pair of Chevrolet Cruzes
Tiago Monteiro tests JAS Motorsport`s new Honda Civic
Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC) wins race 2 at Suzuka, Japan on Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Credit: WTCC Media)
Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC) wins race 2 at Suzuka, Japan on Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Credit: WTCC Media)
Zengo Motorsport`s Norbert Michelisz was the winner of race 1 in Japan - Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Zengo Motorsport`s Norbert Michelisz was the winner of race 1 in Japan - Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Zengo Motorsport`s  Norbert Michelisz takes the lead at the start of race 1 in Japan - Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Zengo Motorsport`s Norbert Michelisz Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Tom Coronel - ROAL BMW 320 TC [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]

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