Tom Boardman will continue in the World Touring Car Championship this season, completing a 25-car entry list ahead of next weekend’s season opener at Monza.
Boardman’s SEAT Leon is at present the only one entered by the family-run Special Tuning Racing team.
The 29-year-old from Lancashire claimed six top ten finishes last season, including each of the last three races, on his way to 17th in the final standings.
24 of the 25 entries for Monza are full-season entries, with the new Anome team and its driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut the only one competing on a race-by-race basis.
Honda and Lada field factory teams with three and two cars respectively, and are joined by eight BMWs, seven SEATs and five Chevrolets.
FIA President Jean Todt is delighted with the quality of this year’s grid.
“It is very rewarding for the FIA to see that the WTCC has attracted such a field and the interest of important car Manufacturers,” said Todt.
“Quantity and quality are both there, meaning that we should expect exciting races and a close fight for the title. This success is the best evidence that the joint effort put in by the FIA and championship promoter Eurosport Events are actually paying off.”
Hugo Valente of Campos Racing is listed despite the team saying he would not appear until round four at the Hungaroring when he was announced earlier this week.
14 of the drivers are eligible for the Yokohama Trophy for independents. The top two from last year, Norbert Michelisz and Pepe Oriola, are not included as they now enjoy support from Honda and SEAT Sport respectively.
Neither of RML’s drivers Yvan Muller or Tom Chilton are eligible, with the team having run the Chevrolet Cruzes as a factory team for the past four seasons.
The All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport pairing of WTCC champion Rob Huff and GT1 world champion Marc Basseng are also ineligible for independents honours, although team owner Rene Munnich is in the squad’s third SEAT Leon.
|1||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||Rober Huff (GBR)||SEAT Leon WTCC|
|3||Honda Racing Team JAS||Gabriele Tarquini (ITA)||Honda Civic|
|5||Zengo Motorsport||Norbert Michelisz (HUN)||Honda Civic|
|6*||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Franz Engstler (DEU)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|7*||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Charles Ng (HKG)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|9*||Bamboo Engineering||Alex MacDowall (GBR)||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 T|
|10||LADA Sport Lukoil||James Thompson (GBR)||Lada Granta|
|11||LADA Sport Lukoil||Aleksey Dudukalo (RUS)||Lada Granta|
|12||RML||Yvan Muller (FRA)||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 T|
|13*||Anome||Jean-Philippe Dayraut (FRA)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|14*||Bamboo Engineering||James Nash (GBR)||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 T|
|15||ROAL Motorsport||Tom Coronel (NLD)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|17*||Nika Racing||Michel Nykjaer ( DNK)||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 T|
|18||Honda Racing Team JAS||Tiago Monteiro (PRT)||Honda Civic|
|19*||Campos Racing||Fernando Monje ( ESP)||SEAT Leon WTCC|
|20*||Campos Racing||Hugo Valente (FRA)||SEAT Leon WTCC|
|22*||Special Tuning Racing||Tom Boardman (GBR)||SEAT Leon WTCC|
|23||RML||Tom Chilton (GBR)||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 T|
|25*||Proteam Racing||Mehdi Bennani (MAR)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|26*||PB Racing||Stefano D’Aste ( ITA)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|37*||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||Rene Munnich (DEU)||SEAT Leon WTCC|
|38||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||Marc Basseng (DEU)||SEAT Leon WTCC|
|55*||ROAL Motorsport||Darryl O’Young (HKG)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|73*||Wiechers Sport||Fredy Barth (CHE)||BMW E90 320 TC|
|74||Tuenti Racing Team||Pepe Oriola (ESP)||SEAT Leon WTCC|
* Yokohama Trophy