The 2015 FIA World Touring Car Championship entry list has been revealed, with eleven teams and twenty drivers confirmed for the coming season.
“The WTCC family has been very active since Macau last November to field a full TC1 grid. From approximately 15 TC1 cars in 2014, when the grid was shared with the old TC2 cars, we now have 20 TC1s entered, and we expect Campos Racing to enter their third car on an event-by-event basis, so that all existing 21 TC1 cars on the market will be racing in the WTCC,” the series’ General Manager, François Ribeiro, said.
As confirmed yesterday, reigning champions Citroën Racing has expanded its line-up to four cars with drivers José María López, Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and Ma Qing Hua confirmed for the coming season. A fifth Citroën C-Elysée WTCC will be on the grid, with new team Sébastien Loeb Racing entering Mehdi Bennani.
There will also be five Hondas on the grid as well. Honda Racing Team JAS retains its line-up of former F1 drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, while independent outfit Zengő Motorsport does likewise by re-signing Hungarian driver Norbert Mischelisz. Fellow independent outfit Proteam Racing has a new driver in the form of Serbian racer Dušan Borković.
One of two teams returning full-time to the series is Swedish outfit NIKA Racing, which comes back after a one-year absence – aside from a one-off outfit in 2014 – as a Honda outfit; Rickard Rydell also returns to the series full-time.
Russian manufacturer LADA will again run as a three-car effort with an unchanged driver line-up comprising Rob Huff, James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy. But it will have a new racing car and title sponsor, having spent the off-season developing its all new Vesta model to debut this year.
There will be seven independent Chevrolets on the grid when the first races in Argentina come about, although that is expected to grow if a couple of the teams can secure extra funding or drivers with more backing.
Münnich Motorsport, Campos Racing, and ROAL Motorsport all remain in the series, while Craft Bamboo Engineering makes a return to the championship after a one-year absence.
2015 FIA WTCC Entry List:
|2.||Gabriele Tarquini||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda Civic WTCC|
|9.||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC|
|12.||Rob Huff||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC|
|14.||Mikhail Kozlovskiy||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC|
|15.||James Thompson||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC|
|18.||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda Civic WTCC|
|19.||Rickard Rydell||Nika International||Honda Civic WTCC|
|33.||Ma Qing Hua||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC|
|37.||José María López||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC|
|68.||Yvan Muller||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC|
|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|
|7.||Hugo Valente||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1|
|11.||Grégoire Demoustier||Craft Bamboo||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1|
|25.||Mehdi Bennani||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC|
|26.||Stefano D’Aste||Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1|
|27.||John Filippi||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1|
|98.||Dušan Borković||Proteam Racing||Honda Civic WTCC|
|TBA.||TBA||Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1|
|TBA.||TBA||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1|
Image via Honda Racing Team JAS