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):
|1.||RML Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Yvan Muller|
|2.||RML Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Robert Huff|
|3.||Lukoil-SUNRED||SEAT León 2.0 TDI||Gabriele Tarquini|
|4.||Lukoil-SUNRED||SEAT León 2.0 TDI||Aleksei Dudukalo|
|6.||RML Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno|
|7.||SEAT Swiss Racing||SEAT León 2.0 TDI||Fredy Barth|
|8.||RML Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Alain Menu|
|9.||Bamboo Engineering||Chevrolet Lacetti 2.0||Darryl O’Young|
|10.||Bamboo Engineering||Chevrolet Lacetti 2.0||Yukinori Taniguchi|
|11.||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW 320 TC||Kristian Poulsen|
|12.||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW 320 TC||Franz Engstler|
|14.||Deteam KK Motorsport||BMW 320 TC||Marchy Lee Ying Kin|
|15.||ROAL Motorsport||BMW 320 TC||Tom Coronel|
|17.||SUNRED||SEAT León 2.0 TDI||Michel Nykjær|
|18.||SUNRED||SEAT León 2.0 TDI||Tiago Monteiro|
|20.||Scuderia Proteam||BMW 320 TC||Javier Villa García|
|21.||Scuderia Proteam||BMW 320si||Fabio Fabiani|
|25.||Scuderia Proteam||BMW 320 TC||Mehdi Bennani|
|30.||Polestar Volvo||Volvo C30||Robert Dahlgren|
|74.||SUNRED||SEAT León 2.0 TDI||Pepe Oriola|
* Subject to final FIA confirmation
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