Having taken the rookie trophy in the 2005 European Alfa Challenge, Irish driver Emmet O'Brien will be looking to make the move up to the World Touring Car Championship after joining the Wiechers Sport team for a two-day test at Oschersleben.

O'Brien took to the track in the team's BMW 320i, as driven to the Michelin Independents' Trophy by Marc Hennerici during the past season, in wet weather conditions but did enough to impress team manager Thomas Schiemann in his time behind the wheel.

"We were very impressed by how quickly O'Brien have found the right feeling with the car," he said. "It is quite remarkable considering the bad weather and that this was his first experience in a S2000 touring car."

During his career, O'Brien has also competed in Formula Palmer Audi and Formula Ford before a taste for tin-top racing saw him move to the SEAT Cupra Championship in the UK in 2003 with the Irish driver finishing tenth in the standings in the first year of the championship. He then went on to finish seventh in 2004 before making the move to the Alfa series and the 24-year-old will now hope to follow another former Cupra Championship racer Rob Huff in making the step up to the WTCC.

Pics courtesy: Dominik Greiner / Wiechers Sport


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