Stefano D'Aste Returns to Proteam for 2010

Italian world touring car driver Stefano D'Aste confirmed his return to Proteam Motorsport for the 2010 edition of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. The former winner of the 2007 independent title will therefore make his 3rd appearance in the Proteam garage in the last 5 years, after previous stints with the Italian outfit back in 2006 and 2008.

Following a decent campaign in the series in 2008, D'Aste decided to leave the team and head to Wiechers-Sport for the 2009 season. At the time, he was expected to sign a one-year extension with Proteam, but eventually argued that he was unsatisfied with the terms of the new deal and returned to Wiechers for a second stint (following his winning season in 2007).

The results were rather disappointing, as D'Aste only managed to come 4th overall in the 2009 Yokohama independents' trophy. For 2010 however, his goals are quite clear: win his second world crown in career.

I am really happy I have received this offer. We managed to find a deal quickly because we have the same goal: achieving the best possible results without wasting money,” said D'Aste, who seems to have let all differences between him and team boss Valmiro Presenzini behind.

At the end of the 2008 season, D'Aste accused Presenzini for not serving him with the best chances of retaining his independents' crown in the FIA WTCC, as he argued the team favored teammate Sergio Hernandez in the title fight. He even refused to take part in the last event of the season, which eventually dropped him to 3rd place overall.

I am very pleased with our agreement. With Stefano back in the team we can look at the next season with a lot of expectations,” added Presenzini, who is yet to announce a second driver for his team's 2010 campaign in the WTCC.
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