WTCC 2017 Entry List Announced

during the 2017 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Test at Monza March 13 to 15 – Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Just 16 cars to race in WTCC this season.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship announced the entry list for the upcoming 2017 season which features the lowest car count in the series’ history.

The 16-car field will be made of six works entries from Honda and Volvo and ten privateer entries, two of which are yet to confirm their full season commitment.

05 MICHELISZ Norbert (hun) Honda Civic team Castrol Honda action during the 2017 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Test at Monza March 13 to 15 – Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI.

Honda’s factory outfit will enter cars for two familiar WTCC veterans Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz and for the WTCC rookie Ryō Michigami, a former Super GT champion.

Volvo retained only Thed Björk from last year’s line-up and added Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami to the team.

during the 2017 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Test at Monza March 13 to 15 – Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

After the works Citroën team left the scene, all four French cars will be run by privateer outfits. The one most likely to fight for the title is Münnich Motorsport, with Rob Huff as a star driver. The Sébastien Loeb’s team retained Tom Chilton and Mehdi Bennani and added John Filippi to the line-up.

Filippi’s old team Campos Racing made an unlikely return and signed an Argentinean star Esteban Guerrieri. However, the deal at this stage is only signed for half of the season’s ten rounds. The other Chevrolet RML will be driven by Tom Coronel, who remained in the ROAL Motorsport team.

68 EHRLACHER Yann (fra) Lada Vesta team RC motorsport action during the 2017 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Test at Monza March 13 to 15 – Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI.

Hungarian outfit Zengő Motorsport will field two Hondas once again. Young Dániel Nagy is the team’s protégé, while Oliver Panis’ son Aurélien will for sure bring some attention. The only new-to-WTCC team on the grid is RC Motorsport, which will field two ex-factory LADA Vestas. The squad will be led by Yvan Muller’s nephew Yann Ehrlacher, while the second driver is yet to be announced.

There are less than four weeks left until the 2017 season kicks off in Marrakech.

FIA WTCC FULL SEASON ENTRY LIST 2017

Team

Driver (Nationality)

Car

Sébastien Loeb Racing

Tom Chilton (GBR) T

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team

Norbert Michelisz (HUN)

Honda Civic WTCC

Zengő Motorsport

Aurélien Panis (FRA) T

Honda Civic WTCC

ROAL Motorsport

Tom Coronel (NLD) T

Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Rob Huff (GBR) T

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team

Tiago Monteiro (PRT)

Honda Civic WTCC

Sébastien Loeb Racing

Mehdi Bennani (MAR) T

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

Sébastien Loeb Racing

John Filippi (FRA) T

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team

Ryo Michigami (JPN)

Honda Civic WTCC

61

Polestar Cyan Racing

Néstor Girolami (ARG)

Volvo S60 Polestar TC1

62

Polestar Cyan Racing

Thed Björk (SWE)

Volvo S60 Polestar TC1

63

Polestar Cyan Racing

Nicky Catsburg (NLD)

Volvo S60 Polestar TC1

68

RC Motorsport

Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) T

LADA Vesta

Campos Racing

Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) T

Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

Zengő Motorsport

Dániel Nagy (HUN) T

Honda Civic WTCC

RC Motorsport

TBA

LADA Vesta

T = Indicates WTCC Trophy contender

Tomasz Kubiak

Twitter: @tomekkubiak

Images courtesy of FIA WTCC (c)

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