And with Spanish speaking drivers going for glory in all the key categories, huge numbers of fans are expected to flock to the Salou-based event from 8-11 November to show their support.
Dani Sordo is set to enjoy significant following as he chases his maiden world championship victory in a MINI John Cooper Works WRC run by the British Prodrive concern. The Spaniard has finished on the podium in Catalunya on five previous occasions and will be determined to put frustrating runs in Germany and France behind him.
Albert Llovera, from Andorra, makes his first start of 2013 in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship, while Canary Islander Yeray Lemes and Spaniard Josep Membrado have been handed wildcard entries for the Production Car World Rally Championship where their rivals will include Argentina’s Marcos Ligato, Peru’s Nicolas Fuchs and Mexicans Benito Guerra and Ricardo Trivino.
Elsewhere, rising Spanish talent Jose Suarez (pictured) will carry home hopes on his shoulders in the WRC Academy for identical Ford Fiesta R2s.
RallyRACC-Rally de Espana gets underway with a ceremonial start in Barcelona on the evening of Thursday 8 November. Friday’s route features three all-gravel stages and three mixed-surface runs. Saturday and Sunday’s action takes place entirely on Tarmac roads.