WTCR: big numbers, big quality for all-season Entry List

An impressive 22 all-season drivers with 63 WTCR race wins and 10 FIA world titles between them will line up for the 2021 WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup following the publication of the official entry list.

The talent-packed line-up, a perfect blend of category experts and young, up-and-coming racers, underlines the appeal of the WTCR and the ongoing success of the category and represents a two-car increase from 2020.

Race-by-race entries remain open 14 days ahead of each event, providing opportunities for local heroes and international drivers to compete against the best touring car drivers in the world.

Xavier Gavory, WTCR Director, Eurosport Events: “Not only is the WTCR all-season entry list for 2021 big on quantity, it’s also very big on quality with a really high level of drivers set to take part, including nine 25 or under, plus the WTCR’s first female driver, Jessica Bäckman. Providing the essential supporting role are 11 highly professional and dedicated teams, while five customer racing departments are actively engaged in WTCR campaigns with all cars equipped with Goodyear tyres and using sustainable biofuel from P1 Racing Fuels for the first time. Although we’re still a few weeks away from the start of the new season the ingredients are all in place for another epic year of FIA World Touring Car racing.”

WE THREE KINGS OF WTCR
All three WTCR title winners so far, Yann Ehrlacher, Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini are entered along with Yvan Muller, a four-time FIA World Touring Car champion, plus Thed Björk and Rob Huff, who claimed the coveted award in 2017 and 2012 respectively. 

YOUNG STARS RISE
Of the 22 all-season drivers preparing for the season kick-off, nine will be 25 or under when combat begins at WTCR Race of Germany next month. The list includes current King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher, plus fellow WTCR race winners Mikel Azcona and Santiago Urrutia. Completing the list of young guns are Andreas Bäckman, Jessica Bäckman, Bence Boldizs, Luca Engstler and Attila Tassi. Gilles Magnus, last season’s FIA Rookie Award winner, is the WTCR’s youngest driver and will be aged 21 years, nine months and four days when track action begins in Germany. Jessica Bäckman, Boldizs, Engstler, and Magnus are eligible for the redefined FIA WTCR Junior Driver Title.

HISTORY-MAKER BÄCKMAN GETS SET
Jessica Bäckman will make history in 2021 when she becomes the first female driver to race in the WTCR. In fact, the Swede forms part of the WTCR’s first all-sibling line-up by partnering with brother Andreas Bäckman at new all-season WTCR entrant Target Competition.

EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN ABUNDANCE
The all-season WTCR line-up is once again packed with experience and expertise. Nathanaël Berthon, Tom Coronel, Néstor Girolami, Tiago Monteiro, Frédéric Vervisch and Jean-Karl Vernay are proven WTCR race winners, as is Esteban Guerrieri, who holds the record number of WTCR race victories with 10 triumphs to his name. Jordi Gené, who makes his WTCR debut in 2021, has been racing for more than 25 years and is four-time race winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, which the WTCR replaced for the 2018 season.

NEW CARS AND INCREASED COMMITMENT FROM CUSTOMER RACING DEPARTMENTS
Audi will unleash the second-generation RS 3 LMS and provide official support for two drivers, while there will be six all-new Hyundai Elantra N TCR to also take the fight to the race-winning CUPRA Leon Competición, Honda Civic Type R TCR and Lynk & Co 03 TCR. The CUPRA presence has increased from three to four cars, for Hyundai it’s an extra two. All cars are equipped with the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport race tyre in WTCR specification and will be powered by a sustainable biofuel from P1 Racing Fuels.

HIGH FIVE FOR WTCR TROPHY
The WTCR Trophy from Eurosport Events for independent racers competing without financial support from customer racing departments and will be contested by five drivers. Andreas Bäckman, Jessica Bäckman, Bence Boldizs, Tom Coronel and Gilles Magnus are all eligible for the category, which was won in 2021 by Jean-Karl Vernay from Team Mulsanne.

WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup 2021: ALL SEASON ENTRY

No

Driver (NAT)

Team

Car*

3

Gabriele Tarquini (ITA)

BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

5

Norbert Michelisz (HUN)

BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

8

Luca Engstler (DEU)

Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

9

Attila Tassi (HUN)

ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Type R TCR

11

Thed Björk (SWE)

Cyan Performance Lynk & Co

Lynk & Co 03 TCR

12

Santiago Urrutia (URY)

Cyan Performance Lynk & Co

Lynk & Co 03 TCR

16

Gilles Magnus (BEL)

Comtoyou Team Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

17

Nathanaël Berthon (FRA)

Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

18

Tiago Monteiro (PRT)

ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Type R TCR

19

Andreas Bäckman (SWE)

Target Competition

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

22

Frédéric Vervisch (BEL)

Comtoyou Team Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

26

Jessica Bäckman (SWE)

Target Competition

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

28

Jordi Gené (ESP)

Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy

CUPRA Leon Competición

29

Néstor Girolami (ARG)

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Type R TCR

32

Tom Coronel (NLD)

Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport

Audi RS 3 LMS

55

Bence Boldizs (HUN)

Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy

CUPRA Leon Competición

68

Yann Ehrlacher (FRA)

Cyan Racing Lynk & Co

Lynk & Co 03 TCR

69

Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA)

Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team

Hyundai Elantra N TCR

79

Rob Huff (GBR)

Zengő Motorsport

CUPRA Leon Competición

86

Esteban Guerrieri (ARG)

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Honda Civic Type R TCR

96

Mikel Azcona (ESP)

Zengő Motorsport

CUPRA Leon Competición

100

Yvan Muller (FRA)

Cyan Racing Lynk & Co

Lynk & C0 03 TCR

*All cars equipped with Goodyear tyres, use sustainable biofuel from P1 Racing Fuels

Source : Fia