20 drivers set to contest WTCC

Twenty drivers will contest the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2015 with registered manufacturers Citroën, Honda and LADA and Chevrolet all represented.

The entry list includes five WTCC champions, two former Formula One racers, representation from 13 countries, plus a host of emerging drivers.

Citroën Total WTCC will enter four cars throughout the season with defending champion José María López, runner-up Yvan Muller, nine-time world rally title winner Sébastien Loeb and Ma Qing Hua from China all competing in Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs.

The Honda Racing Team JAS line-up remains unchanged from last season with former Formula One drivers Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini entered in a pair of Castrol-liveried Civic WTCCs. Rickard Rydell will make his WTCC return in a Nika International Civic with independent racers Norbert Michelisz (Zengő Motorsport) and Dušan Borković (Proteam Racing) chasing Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy points in their Civics.

LADA Sport Rosneft relies on the experience of Rob Huff and James Thompson, while Russian youngster Mikhail Kozlovskiy will continue his touring car initiation programme under their guidance.

In the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport will field Stefano D’Aste in its lead Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 with a second driver expected to be announced soon. John Filippi remains with Campos Racing, his fellow Frenchman Hugo Valente continues his association with the Spanish team. Craft Bamboo returns to WTCC action with a Cruze for Grégoire Demoustier and the squad is actively working on plans to enter a second car later in the season. In addition to Honda-powered Borković and Michelisz, ROAL Motorsport has re-signed WTCC aces Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel to pilot its Cruze TC1s in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy.