Who to watch out for in the WRC 2 category in Germany
- Both category leader Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and second-placed Nicolas Fuchs are absent, leaving the way open for Robert Kubica to move to the top of the standings. The Pole lies 17 points behind Al-Kuwari in a Citroen DS3 RRC, but is the form driver with two wins and a second from the last three rounds.
- Sure to go well on home ground are former leader Sepp Wiegand [pictured] in a Skoda Fabia S2000, and Armin Kremer, sixth in the standings in a Ford Fiesta RRC. Wiegand warmed up with a test at the Rallye Wartburg, having not competed on asphalt since the Barum Rally in the Czech Republic last September.
- New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon makes his second appearance in another Fabia and confidence is high after claiming third in Finland earlier this month. Paddon completed two runs through the shakedown test yesterday, trying different set-ups to prepare for the varied road characteristics synonymous with this rally.
- The Ford Fiesta R5, which scored a debut win in Finland, will again feature strongly. Elfyn Evans, Karl Kruuda, Eyvind Brynildsen, Subhan Aksa, Rashid Al Ketbi and Robert Barrable all have the latest WRC 2 weapon. Barrable showed strong pace in Finland and prepared with a class win and fifth overall in the Tyneside Stages Rally in northern England.