There will be three different engine configurations for the SEAT runners this weekend

This weekend’s World Touring Car Championship Race of Spain will now see three different engine configurations for the SEAT runners, with SUNRED Engineering and sister squad Tuenti Racing electing to switch back to the turbocharged engines it ran last year.

The outfit ran one of SEAT Sport’s new 1.6-litre turbocharged engines for Pepe Oriola along with 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines for Tiago Monteiro and Andrea Barlesi at the season-opening Race of Italy at Monza. The reason for this was due to SEAT Sport being unable to supply its new engines to all of its runners.

Andrea Barlesi will also run the Sunred engineThis weekend, Monteiro and Barlesi – along with WTCC debutant Fernando Monje – will run SUNRED’s own engine unit, which was developed for use last season by Lehmann Engineering and officially homologated as a SUNRED engine due to SEAT not offering factory support at the time. SUNRED phased the engines into use over the course of the 2011 season, replacing the venerable TDi engines that had been used for several seasons beforehand.

The late-notice change also means that Monteiro, Barlesi and Monje will run with an additional 20kg ballast penalty under the championship rules, tipping their cars’ base weight at 1,170kg.

It is understood that the switch to SUNRED’s old engines is a temporary one until SEAT can supply enough turbocharged engines for all of its competitors. The SEAT turbo engine will be in four cars at its home race, with Monza pole-sitter Gabriele Tarquini getting the new unit, along with his Lukoil Racing team-mate Aleksei Dudukalo. Special Tune Racing driver Darrl O’Young will also run the new engine again, along with Oriola, as we had already mentioned.

The change means that WTCC returnee Tom Boardman (Special Tune Racing) will be the only driver using the TDi engine this weekend – he was forced to miss the Monza season-opener due to the engine shortage issues.

The Race of Spain entry list now reads as follows:

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 Racing Team SEAT SEAT León 1.6T WTCC Gabriele Tarquini ITA
4. Lukoil Racing Team SEAT SEAT León 1.6T WTCC Aleksei Dudukalo* RUS
5. Zengõ Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Norbert Michelisz* HUN
6. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Franz Engstler* DEU
7. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Charles Ka-Ki Ng* HKG
8. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Alain Menu SUI
11. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Alex MacDowell* GBR
12. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Pasquale di Sabatino* ITA
14. Team Aon Ford Ford Focus S2000 TC James Nash* GBR
15. ROAL Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Tom Coronel NED
16. ROAL Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Alberto Cerqui* ITA
18. Tuenti Racing Team Sunred SR León 1.6T Tiago Monteiro POR
20. Special Tune Racing SEAT SEAT León 1.6T WTCC Darryl O’Young* HKG
22. Special Tune Racing SEAT SEAT León TDi Tom Boardman* GBR
23. Team Aon Ford Ford Focus S2000 TC Tom Chilton GBR
24. Proteam Racing BMW BMW 320 TC Isaac Tutumlu* ESP
25. Proteam Racing BMW BMW 320 TC Mehdi Bennani* MOR
26. Wiechers-Sport BMW BMW 320 TC Stefano D’Aste* ITA
27. Zengõ Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Gábor Wéber* HUN
40. SUNRED Engineering Sunred SR León 1.6T Andrea Barlesi* BEL
74. Tuenti Racing Team SEAT SEAT León 1.6T WTCC Pepe Oriola* ESP
88. SUNRED Engineering Sunred SR León 1.6T Fernando Monje* ESP

 * Denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy competitor. Entry list is subject to final FIA confirmation.

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