Drivers will be required to navigate two stages on the dusty Mediterranean island and it goes without saying that Lebanese wunderkind Sami-Joe is the hot favourite headed into the weekend.
The 17-year-old has been in formidable form in recent months, reeling off five consecutive victories to now have a stranglehold on the regular season for the third consecutive year.
There are some big question marks hanging over Kazunokota prior to Sardinian action getting underway. the Japanese rookie stormed onto the scene in Monte-Carlo, claiming a podium finish on the season’s opening stop before following it up with a maiden victory just weeks later in Sweden. However, he was a notable absence in the last round in Portugal. Drivers can drop one score from their season and the no-show in Portugal leaves little room for error for the remainder of the season for Kazunokota.
Plenty of attention will also be given to reigning champion Nexl. The Frenchman has struggled with consistency to date, finishing as low as eleventh and still awaiting his maiden win.
The first test of the weekend is a daunting 13.90km jaunt through Monti di Ala before a short blast through the 4.14km through Lerno Reverse.
Competition is open to anyone on the FIA World Rally Championship’s official game, WRC10.