Isaac Tutumlu is a last-minute call-up to the World Touring Car Championship

Spanish driver Isaac Tutumlu is set to replace his countryman Javier Villa at Scuderia Proteam for the entire 2012 World Touring Car Championship season, after the Italian team confirmed that the 27-year-old would partner Mehdi Bennani at this weekend’s season-opener at Monza.

The BMW-powered team had made separate announcements over recent weeks confirming it would retain the same driver pairing it ran the year before, but now it seems that Villa’s place in the side is on a knife’s edge, after the former GP2 racer apparently ran into sponsorship troubles.

Tutumlu, a Spaniard of Kurdish descent, has previously raced in the Porsche Supercup and Superstars International Series for Campos Racing.

“I’m excited, as WTCC is a championship I have been following for many years and where I have always wanted to race. I want to thank Proteam for giving me the opportunity to race with them and with such an important brand like BMW,” he is quoted saying.

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