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Seats up for grabs as opener nears

Four more seats on the World Series by Renault grid have been confirmed ahead of the opening round of the championship in Barcelona, although six more remain available with just a week to go before the curtain raiser.

The series organisers have published a provisional entry list which includes just 18 drivers out of the 26 places that were applied for during the off-season.

Already reduced to twelve teams following KTR's decision to withdraw, RC Motorsport are also expected to appear at the opening round with just a single machine for new signing Pasquale di Sabatino, the ex-Comtec driver confirming his place in the team this week.

In addition, both Tech 1 Racing and Comtec Racing are showing just one confirmed driver, despite having previously announced completed driver line-ups.

Reports in Russia suggest Daniil Move, who was revealed with Tech 1 just two weeks ago, has instead snapped up the available seat with reigning drivers' champions P1 Motorsport, while Alexandre Marsoin did not test for Comtec at the recent Barcelona session either.

Interwetten Racing, meanwhile, is also yet to announce its drivers, although they are in talks with Franck Perera and Mihai Marinescu, who tested with the team in Spain, as well as last year's driver Salvador Duran.

Nonetheless, two teams have since confirmed their drivers for 2009, with Frankie Provenzano joining Julian Leal at Prema Powerteam, while Adrian Valles and Chris van der Drift make up a strong line-up at former champions Epsilon Euskadi.


World Series by Renault entry list

James Walker P1 Motorsport
TBA P1 Motorsport
Charles Pic Tech 1 Racing
TBA Tech 1 Racing
Miguel Molina USR
Greg Mansell USR
Omar Julian Leal Prema Powerteam
Frankie Provenzano Prema Powerteam
Oliver Turvey Carlin Motorsport
Jaime Alguersuari Carlin Motorsport
Bertrand Baguette Draco Racing
Marco Barba Draco Racing
Adrian Valles Epsilon Euskadi
Chris van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi
Marcos Martinez Pons Racing
Federico Leo Pons Racing
TBA Interwetten Racing
TBA Interwetten Racing
Anton Nebylitskiy Comtec Racing
TBA Comtec Racing
Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec Motorsport
Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec Motorsport
Pasquale di Sabatino RC Motorsport


Related Pictures

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Federico Leo - Pons Racing   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Marcos Martinez - Pons Racing   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Chris van der Drift - Epsilon Euskadi   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Sten Pentus - Mofaz Fortec Motorsport   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Edoardo Piscopo - Prema Powerteam   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Jaime Alguersuari - Carlin Motorsport   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Oliver Turvey - Carlin Motorsport   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Marco Barba - Draco Racing   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Sten Pentus signs with Mofaz Fortec Motorsport for the 2009 World Series by Renault season.
James Walker - P1 Motorsport   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Miguel Molina - Ultimate Signature Racing   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Greg Mansell - Ultimate Signature Racing   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Charles Pic - Tech 1 Racing   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Adrian Valles - Epsilon Euskadi   [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Photo: Photo Grégory Lenormand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Photo: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI
Photo: Alvaro Villa - Renault Sport Media
Photo: Alvaro Villa - Renault Sport Media

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