Andrea Barlesi joins SUNRED SEAT for World Touring Car Championship
|By Jamie O'Leary||Monday, March 5th 2012, 19:58 GMT|
Sportscar racer Andrea Barlesi will switch to the World Touring Car Championship this year.
The 20-year-old Belgian, who won the LMPC class in the 2010 Le Mans Series, and then raced an OAK LMP2 car in last year's Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, will drive a SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon.
Another driver to make a late entry into the series is Turkish racer Isaac Tutumlu, who is swapping the Porsche Supercup for a seat at the Proteam BMW squad.
A 24-car entry list has been revealed by series organisers. The only other previously unannounced entrant present is European F3 Open racer Fernando Monje.
The Spaniard, who will drive a fourth SUNRED SEAT, will be at Monza for this weekend's season-opener, but will compete in the accompanying European Touring Car Cup before joining the full WTCC field at a later date.
WTCC 2012 entry list #1 Yvan Muller Chevrolet (RML) Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T #2 Rob Huff Chevrolet (RML) Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T #3 Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing (SEAT) SEAT Leon WTCC #4 Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing (SEAT) SEAT Leon WTCC #5 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport BMW 320 TC #6 Franz Engstler Team Engstler BMW 320 TC #7 Charles Ng Team Engstler BMW 320 TC #8 Alain Menu Chevrolet (RML) Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T #11 Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T #12 Pasquale di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T #14 James Nash Arena Motorsport Ford Focus S2000 TC #15 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC #16 Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC #18 Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon WTCC #20 Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT Leon WTCC #22 Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT Leon WTCC #23 Tom Chilton Arena Motorsport Ford Focus S2000 TC #24 Isaac Tutumlu Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC #25 Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC #26 Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC #27 Gabor Weber Wiecher-Sport BMW 320 TC #40 Andrea Barlesi SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon WTCC #74 Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon WTCC #88 Fernando Monje SUNRED Engineering SEAT Leon WTCC *Rickard Rydell is also entered as a one-off for Monza in a Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden Cruze.