WTCC reveals 20-car entry list for 2016

The World Touring Car Championship has released the 20-car entry list for the 2016 season during a press launch at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy.

Two-time manufacturers' champion Citroen will field five cars in total, three of them with privateer team Sebastien Loeb Racing.

Honda will be represented by six cars, three run by the JAS factory team, and three by independents, while Volvo Polestar will run two S60s, Lada will run their three Vestas, and the grid will completed by four privateer Chevrolets.

The new announcements include key changes with the Honda privateers, with Zengo Motorsport planning to run two Civic WTCCs this season, stepping up for the one it's run for Norbert Michelisz for the past three years.

The team's drivers will be announced at a later date, but is expected to be two Hungarians from Zengo's young driver programme, which has had a number of drivers in ETCC and TCR in the past two years.

Swedish team Nika Racing is also on the entry list, following up its partial programme with the car last year. The team is going to enter 21-year-old Swede John Bryant-Meisner in its Honda Civic.

Bryant-Meisner raced in the Asian Le Mans Series last season, and has experience in GP3 and Formula 3, but will be trying his hand at touring cars for the first time.

Rene Munnich, meanwhile, will be back behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Cruze. The German was testing at the circuit earlier in the day, and will contest a partial programme due to clashes with his World Rallycross Championship campaign.

Campos Racing will field two Chevrolet Cruzes this year, with John Filippi again racing for the team, while the team's second driver is still to be announced.

The factory line-ups for 2016 have all been confirmed earlier.

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

# Driver Team Car
2  Gabriele Tarquini Lada Sport Rosneft Lada Vesta
3 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee
4 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
5 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic
7 Hugo Valente Lada Sport Rosneft Lada Vesta
10 Nicky Catsburg Lada Sport Rosneft Lada Vesta
11 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee
12 Rob Huff Castrol Honda Honda Civic
18 Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda Honda Civic
25 Mehdi Bennani Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee
27 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
37 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen C-Elysee
61 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1
62 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1
68 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen C-Elysee
77 Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
89 John Bryant-Meisner Nika Racing Honda Civic
TBA TBA Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
TBA TBA Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic
TBA TBA Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic

 

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