The rally marks a glorious farewell to the World Rally Car era ahead of the introduction of exciting hybrid-generation Rally1 cars in 2022.
Titles have still to be decided in the overall drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships, while outstanding issues remain in both WRC2 and WRC3 ahead of the Italian asphalt encounter.
The head-to-head battle for the drivers’ crown between Toyota Gazoo Racing duo Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans tops the billing. Kalle Rovanperä and development driver Takamoto Katsuta also pilot Yaris World Rally Cars.
Hyundai Motorsport faces a daunting task in preventing Toyota from regaining the manufacturers’ crown. The Korean squad fields Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and debutant Teemu Suninen, who replaces the unavailable Ott Tänak, in i20 World Rally Cars.
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Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux wheel out Fiesta World Rally Cars for M-Sport Ford. Greensmith has yet to declare a co-driver following the retirement of Chris Patterson after last month’s penultimate round in Spain.
Oliver Solberg, partnered by Elliott Edmondson on the pace notes for the first time, completes the top-tier drivers in a Hyundai 2C Compétition i20.
In WRC2, Andreas Mikkelsen, already confirmed as drivers’ champion, is joined by Junior WRC regular Phil Hall in the co-driver’s seat for their maiden outing. Marco Bulacia partners the Norwegian driver in Skoda Fabia Rally2 cars as Toksport bids to secure the teams’ title.
Jari Huttunen makes his debut in M-Sport Ford’s Fiesta Rally2, while Nikolay Gryazin and Enrico Brazzoli aim to halt Toksport’s championship charge for the Movisport squad.
Gryazin is not eligible for drivers’ points having already started seven nominated rounds. He remains in the Fabia he piloted in Spain after also driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI and a Fiesta Rally2 this season.
Twenty-two cars are listed in WRC3, headed by Yohan Rossel and Kajetan Kajetanowicz who will fight for the drivers’ title in a Citroën C3 Rally2 and Fabia Rally2 respectively.
Also lining up will be former European champion Chris Ingram and a quartet of Hyundai i20 N Rally2 cars in the hands of Josh McErlean, Grégoire Munster, former Italian champion Andrea Crugnola and Stefano Albertini.
Former Citroën factory driver Stéphane Lefebvre appears in the co-driver’s seat. The Frenchman partners fellow countryman Gilles de Turckheim in WRC3.
The entry list is available here.
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