A number of driver changes have taken place involving privateer BMW drivers ahead of the next World Touring Car Championship round at Shanghai's Tianma Circuit. Philip Ma has replaced Fabio Fabiani at Proteam, with the Italian moving to Liqui Moly Team Engstler as Charles Ng moves over to the KK Motorsport entry.
Fabiani has raced a normally aspirated BMW 320si for Proteam for much of the season so far, often failing to qualify but being allowed by the stewards to race. At the last round at Suzuka, after a number of incidents through practice and qualifying, he was blocked from starting the race.
Proteam's 320si will be raced at the remaining two rounds at Shanghai and Macau by Hong Kong driver Philip Ma. Ma made his World Touring Car Championship debut at Macau last year in a privately-entered Honda Accord.
Fabiani meanwhile will instead race a 320si for Team Engstler at Shanghai, replacing Ng in the team's third entry. Ng transfers over to the German outift's KK Motorsport-entered 320TC after making his WTCC debut at Suzuka. The KK car was driven by Masaki Kano in Japan.