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Andrea Barlesi joins SUNRED SEAT for World Touring Car Championship

Tiago Monteiro, SUNRED SEAT, Brno 2011

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.
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