Sunday | 11 Sep 2016

Delecour joins quality R5 field in Corsica

Four-time WRC rally winner Francois Delecour will join a stellar line-up of drivers in R5-spec cars at the upcoming Tour de Corse, Rallye de France (29 September - 2 October).

The Frenchman, a former works driver for Ford, Peugeot and Mitsubishi, will drive a Skoda Fabia R5 on the island asphalt rally, an event he won outright in 1993 at the wheel of a Ford Escort RS Cosworth.

The rally's 77-strong entry list boasts 20 drivers in R5-spec cars, 11 of which are registered to score points in the WRC 2 championship, including current leader Elfyn Evans.

Delecour, 54, will be one to watch in the wider RC2 class, which includes all R5 entries and fellow Corsica winners Stéphane Sarrazin (Hyundai) and Bryan Bouffier (Ford) who were victorious in 2014 and 2013 respectively when the rally was not part of the WRC.

Delecour: one to watch in the RC2 class

Also in the class is Fabio Andolfi, in another of Hyundai's brand new R5-spec i20s, and Skoda driver Teemu Suninen, who has not nominated the event as one of his WRC 2 scoring rounds.

Twelve drivers will battle for overall honours in World Rally Car class. Defending champion Sébastien Ogier heads the drivers representing manufacturers Volkswagen, Hyundai and M-Sport, while Kris Meeke and Craig Breen return to do battle for Citroën.

There are Fiesta RS World Rally Cars too for DMACK's Ott Tänak and Lorenzo Bertelli, who returns to the WRC after missing ADAC Rallye Deutschland while his co-driver Simone Scattolin recovered after their crash in Finland.

Ten crews will contest the Junior World Rally Championship category, while 14 are eligible to score points in the WRC 3 championship.

See the full entry list here.


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