Isaac Tutumlu - Photo Credit: Porsche AG

Tutumlu raced in the Porsche Supercup and Superstars Series last year - Photo Credit: Porsche AG

Isaac Tutumlu will race for Proteam Racing in the World Touring Car Championship this season alongside Mehdi Bennani.

Tutumlu joins the team in place of Javier Villa, who was announced by the team a couple of weeks ago but has experienced a delay with his sponsorship.

26-year-old Tutumlu, a Spanish driver born in Barcelona but of Kirdish origin, has previously raced in the Porsche Supercup and also contested the opening rounds of the Superstars Series last year in a Campos Racing BMW.

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

“I do not have specific expectations since it is my first time racing in the series and with this car. Most of the tracks, except Monza, Valencia and Hungaroring, are new to me, and this will also make the experience more challenging. I hope to help Proteam to achieve the best results possible.”