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WTCR: huge numbers, huge high quality for all-season Entry Checklist

2021-05-17 10:02:00

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A powerful 22 all-season drivers with 63 WTCR race wins and 10 FIA world titles between them will line up for the 2021 WTCR − FIA World Touring Automotive Cup following the publication of the official entry listing.

The talent-packed line-up, an ideal mix of class specialists and younger, up-and-coming racers, underlines the attraction of the WTCR and the continued success of the class and represents a two-car improve from 2020.

Race-by-race entries stay open 14 days forward of every occasion, offering alternatives for native heroes and worldwide drivers to compete in opposition to one of the best touring automotive drivers on the planet.

Xavier Gavory, WTCR Director, Eurosport Occasions: “Not solely is the WTCR all-season entry listing for 2021 huge on amount, it’s additionally very huge on high quality with a extremely excessive degree of drivers set to participate, together with 9 25 or underneath, plus the WTCR’s first feminine driver, Jessica Bäckman. Offering the important supporting position are 11 extremely skilled and devoted groups, whereas 5 buyer racing departments are actively engaged in WTCR campaigns with all automobiles geared up with Goodyear tyres and utilizing sustainable biofuel from P1 Racing Fuels for the primary time. Though we’re nonetheless a number of weeks away from the beginning of the brand new season the substances are all in place for one more epic yr of FIA World Touring Automotive racing.”

WE THREE KINGS OF WTCR
All three WTCR title winners to this point, Yann Ehrlacher, Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini are entered together with Yvan Muller, a four-time FIA World Touring Automotive champion, plus Thed Björk and Rob Huff, who claimed the coveted award in 2017 and 2012 respectively. 

YOUNG STARS RISE
Of the 22 all-season drivers making ready for the season kick-off, 9 will likely be 25 or underneath when fight begins at WTCR Race of Germany subsequent month. The listing contains present King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher, plus fellow WTCR race winners Mikel Azcona and Santiago Urrutia. Finishing the listing of younger weapons are Andreas Bäckman, Jessica Bäckman, Bence Boldizs, Luca Engstler and Attila Tassi. Gilles Magnus, final season’s FIA Rookie Award winner, is the WTCR’s youngest driver and will likely be aged 21 years, 9 months and 4 days when observe motion begins in Germany. Jessica Bäckman, Boldizs, Engstler, and Magnus are eligible for the redefined FIA WTCR Junior Driver Title.

HISTORY-MAKER BÄCKMAN GETS SET
Jessica Bäckman will make historical past in 2021 when she turns into the primary feminine driver to race within the WTCR. The truth is, the Swede kinds a part of the WTCR’s first all-sibling line-up by partnering with brother Andreas Bäckman at new all-season WTCR entrant Goal Competitors.

EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN ABUNDANCE
The all-season WTCR line-up is as soon as once more full of expertise and experience. Nathanaël Berthon, Tom Coronel, Néstor Girolami, Tiago Monteiro, Frédéric Vervisch and Jean-Karl Vernay are confirmed WTCR race winners, as is Esteban Guerrieri, who holds the report variety of WTCR race victories with 10 triumphs to his title. Jordi Gené, who makes his WTCR debut in 2021, has been racing for greater than 25 years and is four-time race winner within the FIA World Touring Automotive Championship, which the WTCR changed for the 2018 season.

NEW CARS AND INCREASED COMMITMENT FROM CUSTOMER RACING DEPARTMENTS
Audi will unleash the second-generation RS 3 LMS and supply official help for 2 drivers, whereas there will likely be six all-new Hyundai Elantra N TCR to additionally take the combat to the race-winning CUPRA Leon Competición, Honda Civic Kind R TCR and Lynk & Co 03 TCR. The CUPRA presence has elevated from three to 4 automobiles, for Hyundai it’s an additional two. All automobiles are geared up with the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport race tyre in WTCR specification and will likely be powered by a sustainable biofuel from P1 Racing Fuels.

HIGH FIVE FOR WTCR TROPHY
The WTCR Trophy from Eurosport Occasions for unbiased racers competing with out monetary help from buyer racing departments and will likely be contested by 5 drivers. Andreas Bäckman, Jessica Bäckman, Bence Boldizs, Tom Coronel and Gilles Magnus are all eligible for the class, which was gained in 2021 by Jean-Karl Vernay from Workforce Mulsanne.

WTCR − FIA World Touring Automotive Cup 2021: ALL SEASON ENTRY

No

Driver (NAT)

Workforce

Automotive*

3

Gabriele Tarquini (ITA)

BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

5

Norbert Michelisz (HUN)

BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

8

Luca Engstler (DEU)

Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Workforce

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

9

Attila Tassi (HUN)

ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Kind R TCR

11

Thed Björk (SWE)

Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co

Lynk & Co 03 TCR

12

Santiago Urrutia (URY)

Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co

Lynk & Co 03 TCR

16

Gilles Magnus (BEL)

Comtoyou Workforce Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

17

Nathanaël Berthon (FRA)

Comtoyou DHL Workforce Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

18

Tiago Monteiro (PRT)

ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Kind R TCR

19

Andreas Bäckman (SWE)

Goal Competitors

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

22

Frédéric Vervisch (BEL)

Comtoyou Workforce Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

26

Jessica Bäckman (SWE)

Goal Competitors

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

28

Jordi Gené (ESP)

Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy

CUPRA Leon Competición

29

Néstor Girolami (ARG)

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Kind R TCR

32

Tom Coronel (NLD)

Comtoyou DHL Workforce Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

55

Bence Boldizs (HUN)

Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy

CUPRA Leon Competición

68

Yann Ehrlacher (FRA)

Cyan Racing Lynk & Co

Lynk & Co 03 TCR

69

Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA)

Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Workforce

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

79

Rob Huff (GBR)

Zengő Motorsport

CUPRA Leon Competición

86

Esteban Guerrieri (ARG)

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Kind R TCR

96

Mikel Azcona (ESP)

Zengő Motorsport

CUPRA Leon Competición

100

Yvan Muller (FRA)

Cyan Racing Lynk & Co

Lynk & C0 03 TCR

*All automobiles geared up with Goodyear tyres, use sustainable biofuel from P1 Racing Fuels

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