Andrea Barlesi joins SUNRED SEAT for World Touring Car Championship

Sportscar racer Andrea Barlesi will switch to the World Touring Car Championship this year

Andrea Barlesi joins SUNRED SEAT for World Touring Car Championship

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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