Monday | 11 Jan 2021

Eighty-four starters named in sparkling Monte entry

Eighty-four crews feature in a high-quality entry for the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship’s opening round at Rallye Monte-Carlo next week (21 - 24 January).

Organiser Automobile Club de Monaco released the list on Monday. It features 10 starters in the headline World Rally Car category, as well as strong fields in the WRC2 and WRC3 support classes.

Reigning manufacturers’ champion Hyundai Motorsport has entered Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo in i20s. Spaniard Sordo will be partnered by Carlos Del Barrio for the final time before fellow countryman Borja Rozada takes over the co-driving role.

Toyota’s four-car entry features world champion Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans, Kalle Rovanperä and Takamoto Katsuta in Yaris cars.

M-Sport Ford has registered Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith. Suninen will be rejoined by Mikko Markkula, who replaces Jarmo Lehtinen on the pace notes.

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Pierre-Louis Loubet is the final top tier driver, the Frenchman at the wheel of an i20 entered by Hyundai 2C Compétition.

There are eight entries in WRC2, with defending teams’ champions Toksport running two Skoda Fabia Rally2 evos for Andreas Mikkelsen and Marco Bulacia. Mikkelsen is rejoined by Ola Fløene in the co-driver’s seat instead of Anders Jaeger, while Bulacia steps up from WRC3 for 2021.

Swede Oliver Solberg makes his Hyundai debut in an NG i20 with Adrien Fourmaux at the wheel of M-Sport Ford’s Fiesta Rally2.

Movisport also runs two cars, a Volkswagen Polo for Russian Nikolay Gryazin and a Fabia for Enrico Brazzoli, while Eric Camilli and Sean Johnston drive Citroen C3s.

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Eleven entries have been received in WRC3, headed by a pair of C3s for Frenchmen Nicolas Ciamin and Yohan Rossel.

Five Fabias are entered by Fabrizio Arengi Bentivoglio, Cedric De Cecco, Cédric Cherain, Johannes Keferböck and Miguel Diaz Aboitiz with additional C3s for Giacomo Ogliari and Davy Vanneste.

Former Junior WRC driver Tom Williams and Austrian Hermann Neubauer wheel out Fiesta Rally2 cars.

Organisers have made further revisions to the itinerary to comply with France’s Covid-19 curfew protocols. The schedule, which will be released shortly, features 14 special stages covering 257.64km.

• Full coverage from Rallye Monte-Carlo will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.