After three loose-surface events, Rallye Deutschland brings a switch to asphalt for round four of the Junior Championship, and the chance of a shake-up in the young driver standings.
Championship leader Pontus Tidemand is one of many Junior drivers to be less than familiar with the specialist challenge, while those with more asphalt experience have an opportunity to catch up.
Second in the standings, 29 points adrift of Tidemand, Spain’s José Suárez is tipped to do well, as are Canary Islander Yeray Lemes and Switzerland’s Michael Burri, who has tackled this rally twice before.
At the other end of the experience scale, Estonia’s Sander Pärn - third after two podiums in a row in Greece and Finland - will make his tarmac rally debut. These five competitors will be joined by Martin KoŔi, Murat Bostanci, Niko Nieminen and Marius Aasen.
Junior newcomer Pieter Cracco will start his first event with a two-minute penalty after breaking recce rules. The Belgian-born driver was reprimanded by event Stewards for driving a four-wheel drive car on the recce and not a two-wheel drive as specified in the rules.
Finland’s Andreas Amberg, who won the last round in his home country, has also been in trouble with the Stewards. Amberg pulled out of Rallye Deutschland because of financial problems and has been docked 25 championship points.