Entries for the penultimate round of this year’s WRC will see 77 International cars representing 22 nations compete against-the-clock on the 21 gruelling special stages, all but two of which are set in the legendary Welsh forests.
It’s the biggest international field since the rally moved to a new base in north Wales in 2013 and is topped by no fewer than 14 of the new-era, more powerful WRC cars.
Crews are coming from as far afield as New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and Argentina to contest what is predicted to be one of the most exciting and challenging in recent years.
With Wales celebrating its ‘Year of Legends’, the packed four-day schedule includes a new Thursday evening curtain-raiser at the Tir Prince Raceway in Conwy County and the welcome reintroduction of super-tricky night stages after sunset on Saturday.
Leading local honours fight will be Elfyn Evans (above) hoping to make it a British win for the first time since 2000.