Last year's WTCC wasn't great. Low grid numbers and...well, Chevrolet dominated most the season with Yvan Muller (good guy most the time), Rob Huff (EUROBRIT and good guy) and Alain Menu (Swiss). Muller and Huff went to the final round at Macau (one of the best street tracks in the world) and even with Huff's best efforts, Muller won and equalled Andy Priaulx's record of three WTCC titles.
This year, on paper, looks as if it'll be a bit better. There's a lot more British interest even if there isn't a British round, which is a shame. But anyway, here's a run down of who is who and what they're driving this year.
1. Yvan Muller - Chevrolet - Chevrolet Cruze (He's French and once got Anthony Reid by the throat after a BTCC race, but he owns a donkey. No, seriously)
2. Rob Huff - Chevrolet - Chevrolet Cruze (Go watch his first BTCC win - it's the stuff of legends)
3. Gabriele Tarquini - Lukoil Racing Team - Seat Leon (Basically the Italian version of Jason Plato)
4. Aleksei Dudukalo - Lukoil Racing Team - Seat Leon
5. Norbert Michelisz - Zengo Motorsport - BMW 320 TC (Over 100,000 people turned up to watch him at his home race in Hungary last year)
6. Franz Engstler - Liqui Moly Team Engstler - BMW 320 TC (Old. Best known for this)
7. Charles Kaki Ng - Liqui Moly Team Engstler - BMW 320 TC
8. Alain Menu - Chevrolet - Chevrolet Cruze (Swiss)
9. Rickard Rydell - Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden - Chevrolet Cruze (Last year's STCC champion. Good guy)
11. Alex MacDowall - Bamboo Engineering - Chevrolet Cruze (Crashes. A lot)
12. Pasquale di Sabatino - Bamboo Engineering - Chevrolet Cruze
14. James Nash - Team AON - Ford Focus (Last year's BTCC independent champion)
15. Tom Coronel - ROAL Motorsports - BMW 320 TC (Good guy, best of non-Chevrolet drivers last year)
16. Alberto Cerqui - ROAL Motorsports - BMW 320 TC (Been racing in Italian Superstars series recently)
18. Tiago Monteiro - Tuenti Racing Team - Seat Leon (I'll give you £10 if you can follow this guy on Twitter for longer than two weeks)
20. Darryl O'Young - Special Tuning Racing - Seat Leon
22. Tom Boardman - Special Tuning Racing - Seat Leon (BTCC for past two years with one win. Annoying)
23. TUMN CHILTONEINEN - Team AON - FROD FOCUS (inside joke for Eric should he ever read this)
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 - Zengo Motorsport - BMW 320 TC
28. Javier Villa - Proteam Racing - BMW 320 TC
40. Andrea Barlesi - Sunred Engineering - Seat Leon
74. Pepe Oriola - Tuenti Racing Team - Seat Leon
88. Fernando Monje - Sunred Engineering - Seat Leon
And for two rounds only...
?. James Thompson - TMS Sport - Lada Granta (I kid you not. Thompson is a really cool. Lada is not)
There's been too many calendar changes the chances of me finding the correct one are slim to nill.
Still, looking like a positive season. Lots of good guys, some youngsters and some unknowns too, so hopefully it doesn't turn into the Chevrolet Touring Car Championship again this year. I may add some photos I took at Donington here to make it a bit more friendly later.
I'll do DTM soon.
Edited by JHS18, 05 March 2012 - 09:30 PM.