Fredy Barth secured a brace of Yokohama Independent points finishes during rounds 5 and 6 of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship, held at the Slovakia Ring.
“Fredy has shown a very good performance throughout the weekend,” Dominik Greiner, Wiechers-Sport Team Manager commented.
“Thanks to the new carbon doors for the first time we were able to reduce the vehicle weight drastically. The speed of the BMW 320 TC was well over the whole weekend, but unfortunately Fredy and the team were not rewarded.
“Now we travel very motivated to the Hungaroring. There we hope to build on our performance from Slovakia Ring! ”
Qualifying saw the Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC driver set the 14th fastest time of the session, which became 13th for the opening race after a penalty for Rob Huff while the Swiss driver lined up 14th for race 2.
The opening race of the weekend was a reasonably quiet one for Barth, with a couple of fights with fellow BMW drivers Mehdi Bennani and former Wiechers-Sport racer Stefano D’Aste but dropped back after running wide on the dirty track.
At the end, he was involved in a photo finish with D’Aste, with Barth pipping the Italian by 0.005s to secure 11th overall and 5th in the Yokohama Independents’.
Round six saw Barth drop down the order at the start as Michel Nykjaer stalled and Barth had to take avoiding action. He battled back to finish 13th overall and 6th in the Independents’.
“Our performance this weekend was very good,” explains Barth.
“The speed of the BMW 320 TC at this track, and especially in the second race was great. Unfortunately, our hard work was not rewarded this weekend. But we have made a big step compared to the last two races and I hope that we will catch up at the Hungaroring, the appropriate placement! “