Season-long leader Sebastien Chardonnet takes a 27 point advantage into the weekend, having already scored maximum points in Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rallye Deutschland. The permutations are complex, but with none of the front-runners entered for the penultimate round in Spain, the Frenchman could seal the title here.
However, Chardonnet is all too aware that the unpredictable conditions likely during the 312.14km of action in the Haut-Rhin region could play a significant part.
“Rallye de France-Alsace is a great course if the conditions are fine, but it can also become something of an ordeal if it rains,” he explained.
His principal rival is Ireland’s Keith Cronin who lies 19 points adrift and needs a strong result, while also hoping Chardonnet strikes trouble.
The other driver still in contention is Quentin Gilbert who is partnered by Renaud Jamoul for the first time. He lies third and is 48 points behind Chardonnet. Christian Riedemann, in fourth, could win the title with strong points from the final three rounds but the German has not entered Rally de Espana.
Also likely to feature strongly in France is Spain’s Enrique Garcia Ojeda, who appears in WRC 3 for the first time. With 157 rallies under his belt, the 41-year-old asphalt specialist should not be ignored.
All drivers are entered in Citroen DS3 R3 cars and the rally also forms the penultimate round of the Citroen Top Driver Championship, which is also led by Chardonnet.