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The 2010 World Touring Car Championship season will be the seventh FIA World Touring Car Championship season, the sixth since its 2005 return. It will begin with the Race of Brazil at Curitiba on March 7, and will end with the Guia Race of Macau at the Guia Circuit on November 21, after twenty-four races.

The championship has adopted a new points system, the same that has been introduced by Formula One and the World Rally Championship. The winner will receive 25 points, continuing with 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 point for 10th place.[1]

Teams and drivers[]

The full season entry list was released on February 19, 2010.[2]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1 22px-Flag of Italy.svg.png Gabriele Tarquini[3] 1
2 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Tom Coronel[3] 1
3 22px-Flag of Portugal.svg.png Tiago Monteiro[3] 1
4 22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Jordi Gené[3] 1
22px-Flag of Hungary.svg.png Zengő-Dension Team[4] SEAT León 2.0 TDI 5 22px-Flag of Hungary.svg.png Norbert Michelisz[4] R 1
22px-Flag of the United States.svg.png Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 6 22px-Flag of France.svg.png Yvan Muller[5] M 1
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png Robert Huff[5] M 1
8 20px-Flag of Switzerland.svg.png Alain Menu[5] M 1
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg.png BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 10 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Augusto Farfus[6] M 1
11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png Andy Priaulx[6] M 1
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Liqui Moly Team Engstler[7] BMW 320si 15 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Franz Engstler[8] I 1
16 22px-Flag of Russia.svg.png Andrey Romanov[8] I 1
TBA 22px-Flag of Macau.svg.png Henry Ho[7] I TBA
22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 17 22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Michel Nykjær[9] R 1
18 20px-Flag of Switzerland.svg.png Fredy Barth[10] R 1
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png bamboo-engineering[11] Chevrolet Lacetti 19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png Harry Vaulkhard[11] I R 1
20 22px-Flag of Hong Kong.svg.png Darryl O'Young[11] I R 1
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si 21 22px-Flag of Morocco.svg.png Mehdi Bennani[12] I R 1
22px-Flag of Croatia.svg.png Čolak Racing SEAT León 2.0 TFSI 23 22px-Flag of Croatia.svg.png Marin Čolak[2] I TBA
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si 24 22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Kristian Poulsen[2] I TBA
22px-Flag of Italy.svg.png Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si 25 22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Sergio Hernández[13] I 1
26 22px-Flag of Italy.svg.png Stefano D'Aste[14] I 1
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Hartmann Racing[15] Honda Accord Euro R TBA 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png James Thompson[15] I TBA
TBA 22px-Flag of None.svg.png TBA I TBA

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M Manufacturers' Championship
I Independents' Trophy
R Rookie Challenge

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Team and driver changes[]

Chevrolet have replaced the retiring Nicola Larini in their three-car line-up with ex-SEAT Sport driver Yvan Muller.

BMW Motorsport announced they were reducing their participation from a five-car team to a two-car team, with Augusto Farfus moving from BMW Team Germany to Team RBM to join Andy Priaulx. Former BMW Team Italy-Spain driver Alex Zanardi has retired from the series, while former BMW Team Germany driver Jörg Müller will race in the Le Mans Series with Schnitzer.

SEAT Sport have withdrawn from the series for 2010, but have helped to form a new team SR-Sport, for whom Independents champion Tom Coronel and ex-SEAT Sport drivers Jordi Gené, Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini will drive for.

Stefano D'Aste has returned to Scuderia Proteam Motorsport, for whom he raced in 2005, 2006 and 2008, moving from Wiechers-Sport. His seat has been taken by Mehdi Bennani, who moves from Exagon Engineering. D'Aste has been joined at Proteam by Sergio Hernández, who returns to Proteam from BMW Team Italy-Spain. Andrey Romanov has rejoined the series and the Liqui Moly Team Engstler setup. He replaces Kristian Poulsen, who will race with his own Poulsen Motorsport team.

Michel Nykjær has joined SUNRED Engineering after racing in the WTCC for Perfection Racing at the 2009 Race of Germany. He replaces Tom Boardman, who will return to the British Touring Car Championship, driving for Special Tuning (UK). Zengő Dension Motorsport have joined the series, along with their driver, SEAT León Eurocup champion Norbert Michelisz, who drove the SUNRED prize car on two occasions - in 2008 and 2009.

British Touring Car team Bamboo Engineering have joined the WTCC, along with their driver Harry Vaulkhard. Darryl O'Young, who drove in the FIA GT Championship with Prospeed Competition in 2009, will be his teammate.

James Thompson, who drove for LADA Sport in 2009, will race at certain European rounds for Hartmann Racing. Lada will certainly miss the first two rounds of the 2010 season, but aim to return for the Race of Mexico.

SEAT's Rickard Rydell has elected to take a sabbatical from racing for the 2010 season. Instead, he will become a pundit for Viasat Motor's coverage of the Swedish Touring Car Championship.

Without drives for 2010 are Lada's Jaap van Lagen and Kirill Ladygin, and Félix Porteiro, who drove for Proteam in 2009.

Calendar[]

A provisional calendar for the 2010 season was approved by the FIA World Council on 24 June 2009.[16] The final calendar was published on 21 October 2009.[17]

Round Race Name Track Date
1 R1 Race of Brazil 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba March 7
R2
2 R3 Race of Mexico 22px-Flag of Mexico.svg.png Autódromo Miguel E. Abed, Puebla April 11
R4
3 R5 Race of Morocco 22px-Flag of Morocco.svg.png Marrakech Street Circuit May 2
R6
4 R7 Race of Italy 22px-Flag of Italy.svg.png Autodromo Nazionale Monza May 23
R8
5 R9 Race of Belgium 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg.png Circuit Zolder June 20
R10
6 R11 Race of Portugal 22px-Flag of Portugal.svg.png Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão July 4
R12
7 R13 Race of UK 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png Brands Hatch, Kent July 18
R14
8 R15 Race of the Czech Republic 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Masaryk Circuit, Brno August 1
R16
9 R17 Race of Germany 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Motorsport Arena Oschersleben September 5
R18
10 R19 Race of Spain 22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia September 19
R20
11 R21 Race of Japan 22px-Flag of Japan.svg.png Okayama International Circuit, Mimasaka October 31
R22
12 R23 Race of Macau 22px-Flag of Macau.svg.png Circuito da Guia, Macau November 21
R24

Calendar changes[]

  • The Race of Belgium is to replace the Race of France, and will be on the calendar for the first time since 2005. This time it will be at Zolder rather than Spa-Francorchamps.
  • The Race of Portugal will move to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
  • The venue for the Race of Italy has been changed from the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari near Imola back to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which hosted the race from 2005 until 2008.

Results and standings[]

Races[]

Race Race Name Pole Position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Winning independent Report
1 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Race of Brazil 22px-Flag of France.svg.png Yvan Muller Report
2
3 22px-Flag of Mexico.svg.png Race of Mexico Report
4
5 22px-Flag of Morocco.svg.png Race of Morocco Report
6
7 22px-Flag of Italy.svg.png Race of Italy Report
8
9 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg.png Race of Belgium Report
10
11 22px-Flag of Portugal.svg.png Race of Portugal Report
12
13 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png Race of UK Report
14
15 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Race of the Czech Republic Report
16
17 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Race of Germany Report
18
19 22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Race of Spain Report
20
21 22px-Flag of Japan.svg.png Race of Japan Report
22
23 22px-Flag of Macau.svg.png Guia Race of Macau Report
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References[]

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  13. "Sergio Hernández rejoins Proteam". fiawtcc.com (World Touring Car Championship). 2010-02-18. http://www.fiawtcc.com/Read_News.asp?idnews=462. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
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  15. 15.0 15.1 "Hartmann confirms WTCC plans". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-01-28. http://www.crash.net/wtcc/news/156357/1/hartmann_confirms_wtcc_plans.html. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
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