The entry list showcasing all confirmed entrants (so far) competing in the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship season has been released, as the series gets set to welcome the most radical technical regulations in its history.
The coming season sees 19 full-season racers confirmed, while a number of part-time entries are also expected to join the grid at selected rounds.
There will be sixteen full-time runners competing in new-for-2014-spec machinery – known as the TC1 class – which includes manufacturer-supported efforts from Citroën, Honda and LADA, along with half a dozen independently-run Chevrolets designed by the RML stable.
Citroën will field a fourth car at selected rounds for former F1 test driver Ma Qing Hua, while the Onyx Racing Engineering team – which announced its participation at the beginning of the year – is not expected to have its entries readied until at least mid-season.
The TC2 class, designed for older-spec entries, currently has three full-time runners confirmed, although a spate of part-time campaigners are expected to bolster its grid numbers.
The Liqui Moly Engstler BMW team will continue with two full-time entries in the second-tier championship, along with a single entrant from Campos Racing, which is already fielding two Chevrolet Cruzes in the TC1 tier.
While 19 cars represents a slight drop from the 23 runners who were confirmed for last year’s championship, the sixteen-car TC1 field fulfils the ambitions of former series promoter Marcello Lotti, who targeted exactly that number of newer-spec cars on the grid for the season-opener at Morocco next month.
2014 FIA WTCC Entry List:
|1.||Yvan Muller||Citroën Racing||Citroën C-Elysée||TC1|
|2.||Gabriele Tarquini||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda Civic WTCC||TC1|
|3.||Tom Chilton||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze||TC1|
|4.||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze||TC1|
|5.||Norbert Michelisz||Zengõ Motorsport||Honda Civic WTCC||TC1|
|6.||Franz Engstler||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW 320TC||TC2|
|7.||Hugo Valente||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze||TC1|
|9.||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën Racing||Citroën C-Elysée||TC1|
|10.||Gianni Morbidelli||Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze||TC1|
|11.||James Thompson||LADA Sport Lukoil||LADA Granta WTCC||TC1|
|12.||Rob Huff||LADA Sport Lukoil||LADA Granta WTCC||TC1|
|14.||Mikhail Kozlovskiy||LADA Sport Lukoil||LADA Granta WTCC||TC1|
|18.||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda Civic WTCC||TC1|
|25.||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam Racing||Honda Civic WTCC||TC1|
|27.||John Filippi||Campos Racing||SEAT León WTCC||TC2|
|33.||Ma Qing Hua*||Citroën Racing||Citroën C-Elysée||TC1|
|37.||José María López||Citroën Racing||Citroën C-Elysée||TC1|
|77.||René Münnich||Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze||TC1|
|98.||Dušan Borković||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze||TC1|
|TBA.||TBA||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW 320TC||TC2|
* Denotes part-time competitor
Image via Honda Racing Team JAS