The WTCC has confirmed its 2011 season entry list

The FIA has confirmed a 22-car entry list for the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season, and announced a 20-car entry list for the season’s opening round, which kicks off in two weeks at Curitiba, Brazil.

Four different carmakers – SEAT, BMW, Chevrolet and Volvo – and fifteen different driver nationalities will be represented in the opening race, while Brazilian fans will be thrilled to cheer for a local driver, with Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno getting his second outing with the RML Chevrolet team.

Bueno’s ongoing involvement has not yet been confirmed, although it is viewed as unlikely given that he is a frontrunner in Brazil’s own tin-top-championship. It would therefore be expected that the RML outfit will continue to run a fourth car at selected events for guest drivers, mirroring the set-up it went with in 2010.

Two entrants from the 2011 season entry list will be missing in action at Curitiba, with the late-notice entrants of Norbert Michelisz (Zengö-Dension BMW) and Urs Sonderegger (Wiechers Sport BMW) skipping the opening round to get more test mileage with their new cars.

Ten of the entrants will run with the new-for-2011 1.6-litre turbocharged engines, while it is expected that the SEATs (currently running turbodiesel units) will switch their own turbocharged engines over the course of the season.

 

2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship Entry List (Race of Brazil):

No. Entrant   Car Driver  
1. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Yvan Muller FRA
2. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Robert Huff GBR
3. Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Gabriele Tarquini ITA
4. Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Aleksei Dudukalo RUS
6. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno BRZ
7. SEAT Swiss Racing SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Fredy Barth SUI
8. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Alain Menu SUI
9. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 2.0 Darryl O’Young HKG
10. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 2.0 Yukinori Taniguchi JPN
11. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Kristian Poulsen DEN
12. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Franz Engstler DEU
14. Deteam KK Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Marchy Lee Ying Kin HKG
15. ROAL Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Tom Coronel NED
17. SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Michel Nykjær DEN
18. SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Tiago Monteiro POR
20. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320 TC Javier Villa García ESP
21. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320si Fabio Fabiani ITA
25. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320 TC Mehdi Bennani MOR
30. Polestar Volvo Volvo Volvo C30 Robert Dahlgren SWE
74. SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Pepe Oriola ESP

 * Subject to final FIA confirmation         

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