The World Touring Car Championship grid guide

The World Touring Car Championship grid guide

With the new World Touring Car Championship kicking off at Monza this weekend, Peter Mills runs the rule over the field and tries to work out who will provide the biggest threat to champion Yvan Muller

This weekend Monza plays host to the opening round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship, with a healthy crop of rookies joining the established tin-top veterans in what looks set to be a year in which the category rejuvinates itself.

Yvan Muller starts as favourite to win a fourth title and with it break the record he currently shares with Andy Priaulx, but his Chevrolet team-mates Rob Huff and Alain Menu won't give him an easy ride. Nor, for that matter, will the likes of Gabriele Tarquini, especially as the 2009 title winner now has extra SEAT resources behind him.

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