The World Series by Renault has issued its usual interim list of participating teams for the 2009 season, with one space remaining in the field after a dozen outfits were given the green light to return.
All 13 contenders from 2008 lodged applications to take part again in 2009, but the series' organising committee stopped short of giving all carte blanche
to return, naming twelve 'pre-selected' teams but making Interwetten.com wait for another six weeks.
The Austrian-based operation has been a stalwart of the World Series, having joined predecessor Renault V6 in 2004 with Sven Barth and Jaap van Lagen, and taking victories at Monaco, Oschersleben and Dubai. When the WSbR started the following year, Interwetten followed and, despite struggling initially, became a potential target for F1 aspirants after a strong 2006 campaign when Andy Soucek and Eric Salignon both won races.
That resulted in Mexican telecoms giant Telmex bringing protégés such as Salvador Duran and Pablo Sanchez Lopez on board for 2007 and 2008 but, even though the former has won races, the team has been kept in limbo with regards to another year in the series as it finalises its plans and sponsors, and has until 27 February to 'complete its application'.
The twelve teams already pre-selected are:
International Draco Racing
Mofaz Fortec Motorsport
Ultimate Signature Racing
All must now complete the second phase of registration before this date. The final list of teams will be published at the beginning of March.