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FIA reveals 2009 entry list

The FIA has revealed the entry list for the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season which, while largely as expected, does reveal one surprise.

In total, 26 cars feature on the entry list with 24 of those due to compete in the season opener in Brazil next month and the following event in Mexico. Those that won't take part are the SUNRED Engineering SEAT that will be driven by winners of SEAT Eurocup events and other local drivers over the course of the year and the Honda Accord of Campos Racing.

The fact that the Accord is listed on the entry – subject to FIA approval – comes as something of a surprise after N.Technology revealed that both of its cars have been put up for sale. The cars were originally due to move to the team run by Adrian Campos following N.Technology's announcement that it was to enter liquidation last month but the appearance of an advert for the Accords then raised question marks over Campos' plans for the year ahead. Spaniard Antonio Garcia is the driver named to compete in Campos colours if the team's plans come together.

Aside from that, the entry list is as expected with SEAT fielding an unchanged line-up for the year ahead and BMW brining Independents' champion Sergio Hernandez into the BMW Team Italy-Spain line-up to replace Felix Porteiro – who moves the other way to Proteam Motorsport.

Chevrolet also field an unchanged line-up although the new Cruze model is still undergoing its FIA homologation, while LADA Sport is also unchanged from the line-up that ran last season under the Russian Bears Motorsport banner.

In the Independents' category, the line-up features no names other than those previously announced, with the entry confirming that Wiechers-Sport will field just one car during the season ahead for Stefano D'Aste while Pierre-Yves Corthals doesn't return for the 2009 season after his backers were hit by the global economic situation.

2009 World Touring Car Championship entry list:

1. Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT Leon TDi
2. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT Leon TDi
3. Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT Leon TDi
4. Jordi Gene SEAT Sport SEAT Leon TDi
5. Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT Leon TDi
6. Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si
7. Jorg Muller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si
8. Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si
9. Alex Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si
10. Sergio Hernandez BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si
11. Rob Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze **
12. Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze **
14. Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze **
15. Antonio Garcia Campos Racing Honda Accord Euro R *
18. Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110
19. Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110
20. Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110
21. Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon TFSI
22. Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon TFSI
23. Felix Porteiro Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si
24. George Tanev Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si
25. Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si
26. Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si
27. Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si
28. Marin Colak Colak Racing Team Ingra SEAT Leon TFSI
29. TBA SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon TFSI ***

* - Subject to FIA approval
** - FIA homologation underway
*** - From the Marrakech event in May


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