Crash.net columnist Emmet O'Brien is pursuing other drives in the World Touring Car Championship after announcing that he has parted company with the Wiechers Sport team.

The Irish driver, who stepped up to the WTCC for the first time this season, was lying eighth in the Yokohama Independents Trophy standings but after a tough start to the year took the decision to search for a drive elsewhere in the championship.

"This has been a difficult start to my WTCC career," he said. "I have shown in many places that I have been very quick and capable of competing with the best WTCC drivers. I hope this has been recognised! But I have had to look at my options and my management have decided that I will not continue to drive for Wiechers Sport.

"It was not an easy decision but I believe that it is best for my career that I leave this team. I have learned a lot in the five events that I have done, and I would like to thank my engineer Thomas Schiemann and Wiechers Sport for all the effort they put into me. I am currently looking at my options as I want to stay driving but there are limited seats available, I will be working hard to get back in to the driving seat before long."

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