Rally fans are looking to forward to next weeks’ Wales Rally GB event starting in Cardiff. The Welsh section of the World Rally is the final stage in this year’s competition and the last time the current two-litre class cars will be able to race.
63 cars have entered into the competition. With 15 World Rally Cars making one final pass through the Welsh woods before they are replaced by all-new 1.6-litre machinery in time for the start of next season.
Seven-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will lead the way in Cardiff, the Citroen driver is looking forward to another pressure-free rally after clinching his seventh consecutive title at home in France early last month.
Fellow Frenchman Sebastien Ogier will join Loeb in the Citroen Total World Rally Team on this gravel round. With two wins behind him this year, the 26-year-old will be looking to end his season on a high.
Also looking to end their year on a high will be the Ford team. Jari-Matti Latvala who is embroiled in the scrap for second place in the championship, along with Ogier and Petter Solberg.
The Finn has always gone well in Britain, but it’s his team-mate Mikko Hirvonen who has the more successful history in this event with a previous win in Wales.
Solberg starts the event with co-driver Chris Patterson his usual Petter Solberg World Rally Team Citroen C4 WRC partner.
Shakedown for this year’s Wales Rally GB takes place on the evening of Wednesday 10 November with the ceremonial start of the event taking place in Cardiff on Thursday evening.