The FIA, the governing body for the WTCC, released the entry list for 2008 on Thursday and the biggest news is that Lada will join the fold.

The cars will be run by Russian Bears Motorsport with Viktor Shapovalov and Jaap van Lagen due to compete from the third round of the season in Valencia.

Lada first unveiled a WTCC prototype towards the end of 2005 and while the manufacturer was meant to participate in 2006 it never actually happened. Lada's involvement, which is subject to the homologation of the car, will mean that five different car manufacturers' will have a presence in the sport in '08.

In total 24 drivers are listed, the biggest changes seeing James Thompson and N.technology switch from Alfa Romeo to Honda, while Rickard Rydell returns to SEAT. Turkish Touring Car champion Ibrahim Okyay and Andrey Romanov are among the newcomers.

The full entry list is as follows:

1. Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si
2. Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si
3. J?rg M?ller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si
4. Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si
5. F?lix Porteiro BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si
6. Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti
7. Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti
8. Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti
9. Jordi Gen? SEAT Sport SEAT Le?n 2.0 TDI
10. Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT Le?n 2.0 TDI
11. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT Le?n 2.0 TDI
12. Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT Le?n 2.0 TDI
13. Ybrahim Okyay Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport BMW 320si
15. James Thompson Ntechnology Honda Accord Euro R
16. Olivier Tielemans Wiechers Sport BMW 320si
18. Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT Le?n 2.0 TDI
20. Tom Coronel SUN-RED Engineering Development SEAT Le?n 2.0 TFSI
23. Pierre-Yves Corthals Exagon Engineering SEAT Le?n 2.0 TFSI
26. Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si
28. Viktor Shapovalov Russian Bears Motorsport Lada 110 2.0*
29. Jaap van Lagen Russian Bears Motorsport Lada 110 2.0*
31. Sergio Hern?ndez Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si
42. Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si
43. Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si

* Subject to homologation of the car.

 

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