Wiechers-Sport has announced the signing of Mehdi Bennani for the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season.

The Moroccan driver contested selected events during the 2009 campaign at the wheel of a SEAT Leon entered by Exagon Engineering - securing an Independents' Class win in his first outing in Marrakech.

Bennani will now drive a BMW 320si for Wiechers during the season ahead, with the team having lost Stefano D'Aste during the off-season after the Italian rejoined Proteam.

"We are very pleased that Mehdi Bennani has joined Wiechers-Sport," team manager Domink Greiner said. "From his very first laps in the WTCC, he proved to be very competitive. Our common aim is a place on the podium of the 2010 Yokohama Independents' Trophy."