Monegasque Elena will drive the course-opening zero car on the asphalt event from 22-25 November. However, rather than be entrusted with the keys to driver Sebastien Loeb’s FIA World Rally Championship-winning Citroen DS3 WRC, Elena will pilot the all-new R1-version of the car.
Elena, who has contested Rallye du Var as a driver on several occasions in the past, won’t be the only world rally champion in action on the event: Super 2000 world title winner Craig Breen will also be taking part in a Peugeot 207 S2000.
“For once I can drive without pressure,” said Irishman Breen. “There are some interesting WRC crews at the head of the field and as I come to the event as S2000 world champion everyone in this category will want to challenge me. This is my final event of this year and I want to close the season with a good performance.”
Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica heads the entry in a Citroen C4 WRC.