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 MullerSEAT SportSEAT Leon TDi
2. Gabriele TarquiniSEAT SportSEAT Leon TDi
3. Rickard RydellSEAT SportSEAT Leon TDi
4. Jordi GeneSEAT SportSEAT Leon TDi
5. Tiago MonteiroSEAT SportSEAT Leon TDi
6. Andy PriaulxBMW Team UKBMW 320si
7. Jorg MullerBMW Team GermanyBMW 320si
8. Augusto FarfusBMW Team GermanyBMW 320si
9. Alex ZanardiBMW Team Italy-SpainBMW 320si
10. Sergio Hernandez BMW Team Italy-SpainBMW 320si
11. Rob HuffChevroletChevrolet Cruze **
12. Alain MenuChevroletChevrolet Cruze **
14. Nicola LariniChevroletChevrolet Cruze **
15. Antonio GarciaCampos RacingHonda Accord Euro R *
18. Jaap van LagenLADA SportLADA 110
19. Kirill LadyginLADA SportLADA 110
20. Viktor Shapovalov LADA SportLADA 110
21. Tom CoronelSUNRED EngineeringSEAT Leon TFSI
22. Tom BoardmanSUNRED EngineeringSEAT Leon TFSI
23. Felix PorteiroProteam MotorsportBMW 320si
24. George TanevProteam MotorsportBMW 320si
25. Franz EngstlerLiqui Moly Team EngstlerBMW 320si
26. Kristian PoulsenLiqui Moly Team EngstlerBMW 320si
27. Stefano D'AsteWiechers-SportBMW 320si
28. Marin ColakColak Racing Team IngraSEAT Leon TFSI
29. TBASUNRED EngineeringSEAT Leon TFSI ***

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

 

Comments

Loading Comments...