WTCC 2010: Season preview

WTCC 2010: Season preview

It's all change for the WTCC this season; drivers, teams, manufacturers and even circuits have come and gone since 2009. AUTOSPORT's Steven English enlists the help of triple world champion Andy Priaulx to assess the series ahead of the 2010 opener in Brazil this weekend.

What's been lost

The most significant absence from this year's paddock is the row of yellow trucks that carried more than a third of last season's works entries. SEAT's WTCC programme is no more.

The Spanish manufacturer threatened to quit throughout the 2009 season and stuck to its word over the winter, although it wasn't quite as straightforward as that. Its complaints centred around the technical regulations and particularly the handicapping of its Leon TDi, and this issue was resolved before the close of '09. The prime reason for its withdrawal is financial and it's far from the first manufacturer to walk away from a world championship on that basis in recent years.

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