Thursday | 17 Sep 2015

Sarrazin's WRC return in Corsica

Former Subaru works driver Stéphane Sarrazin will return to the WRC for the first time in nine years at next month's Tour de Corse Rallye de France (1 - 4 October).

The Frenchman, who now drives for Toyota's World Endurance Championship team and is also involved in the manufacturer's WRC test programme, won last season's Corsica event when it was part of the European Rally Championship.

He will return in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car together with co-driver Jacques-Julien Renucci.

"I’m happy to be at the start of the Tour de Corse. It’s a rally that I particularly appreciate. I’m also very pleased to return to the World Championship,” he said.

“Of course my objectives aren’t the same as last year. WRC contenders are very high quality drivers! We’re going to fight with what we’ve got: a certain knowledge of the site, a perfect harmony with the team and a good understanding of the car on that type of roads."

The 39-year-old was part of Subaru's WRC squad between 2004 and 2006 and claimed two fourth places - at the 2004 round in Spain and the 2005 Tour de Corse.

Sarrazin is one of 19 World Rally Car drivers in a packed entry for the French asphalt classic, which was last part of the championship in 2008. The usual manufacturer team drivers are joined by Kevin Abbring (Hyundai i20 WRC), Stéphane Lefebvre (DS 3 WRC) and 2013 Tour de Corse winner Bryan Bouffier, who returns to the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS for the fist time since the season opener in Monte Carlo.

As well as the World Rally Car entries, 17 crews are registered for the WRC 2 championship, 11 in the Junior WRC and two in RGT.

Click here to see the full entry list.

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