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Provisional WTCC entry list for 2011

The entry list for the 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship is now available, with 21 cars entered for the opening round at Brazil.

Updated: 17:30 CET 23rd Feb

Although the official deadline for full season entries doesn’t close until Monday 28th February, the WTCC has updated a list of drivers on its official website, pending any further last minute entries.

Drivers revealed which have not already been confirmed include Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno, who will race an RML run Chevrolet Cruze with the new 1.6 litre turbo engine. Bueno joined Chevrolet at the Brands Hatch round last season, but his weekend was shortened with an engine fire putting him out in the first race.

Bamboo Engineering, recently confirming plans to also run a pair of Lacettis in the British Touring Car Championship, will also run two Lacettis in the WTCC for their 2010 drivers Darryl O’Young & Yukinori Taniguchi.

An addition to the series is Hong Kong driver Marchy Lee Ying Kin, who will drive a KK Motorsport run BMW 320 TC.

Regular WTCC independent team Wiechers-Sport is not on the entry list.

The list shows that there will be seven BMW 320 cars with the new 1.6 litre turbo engine, with one normally aspirated car for Fabio Fabiani at Proteam. There will be four Chevrolet Cruzes all run by RML with the new engine, and the two Bamboo Lacettis with the old two-litre engine.

There are also six SEATs, all run by SUNRED with the TDI engine, and finally the lone Volvo C30 of Polestar Racing.

André Couto, who raced for SUNRED in Macau for the past two years had initially appeared on the list, but SUNRED have since confirmed that he is not part of the team’s driver line-up.

No – Driver – Team – Car
1 – Yvan Muller – Chevrolet – Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
2 – Rob Huff – Chevrolet – Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
3 – Gabriele Tarquini – Lukoil-SUNRED – SEAT León TDI
4 – Aleksei Dudukalo – Lukoil-SUNRED – SEAT León TDI
5 – Norbert Michelisz – Zengo-Dension Team – BMW 320 TC
6 – Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno – Chevrolet – Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
7 – Fredy Barth – SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED – SEAT León TDI
8 – Alain Menu – Chevrolet – Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
9 – Darryl O’Young – bamboo-engineering – Chevrolet Lacetti
10 – Yukinori Taniguchi – bamboo-engineering – Chevrolet Lacetti
11 – Kristian Poulsen – Liqui Moly Team Engstler – BMW 320 TC
12 – Franz Engstler – Liqui Moly Team Engstler – BMW 320 TC
14 – Marchy Lee Ying Kin – Deteam KK Motorsport – BMW 320 TC
15 – Tom Coronel – ROAL Motorsport – BMW 320 TC
17 – Michel Nykjaer – SUNRED Engineering – SEAT León TDI
18 – Tiago Monteiro – SUNRED Engineering – SEAT León TDI
20 – Javier Villa García – Proteam Racing – BMW 320 TC
21 – Fabio Fabiani – Proteam Racing – BMW 320si
25 – Mehdi Bennani – Proteam Racing – BMW 320 TC
30 – Robert Dahlgren – Polestar Racing – Volvo C30
74 – Pepe Oriola – SUNRED Engineering – SEAT León TDI