This weekend sees Rally di Alba take place, which sees a range of FIA World Rally Championship drivers and cars, both old and new, on the 80 strong entry list.
As well as Italian championship regulars Simone Miele, driving an older Citroën DS3 WRC, Corrado Fontana in a Hyundai i20 WRC and Alessandro Gino in a Ford Fiesta WRC, several WRC regulars will also take part.
These include defending champion Ott Tänak, Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville, Pierre-Louis Loubet and Luca Pedersoli who all drive for the Korean manufacturer in WRC spec cars. Meanwhile Massimo “Pedro” Pedretti and Manuel Villa are both entered with Ford Fiesta WRC cars for M-Sport Ford.
There is great interest in the R5 class also, with 32 participants and a massive interest in the Hyundai i20 R5 – which make up half of the starting field in the class. Entered as part of the BRC Racing Team, are the Hyundai Motorsport factory drivers of Dani Sordo and Craig Breen, who are looking for more experience ahead of this autumn’s WRC return.
The Italian Luca Rosetti is entered for Team Hyundai Slovenija and for HMI – Hyundai Motorsport Italia are Ole Christian Veiby and Grégoire Munster. Registered for Hyundai’s own team is Finnish driver Jari Huttunen and two cars will start for the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, where Callum Devine and Josh McErlean are set to take part.
Andreas Nuctia, Josh Moffett, Philip Allen, Davide Riccio, Stefano Giorgioni, Luigi Giacobone, Bruno Godino and Massimiliano Santoro also all take part on the Italian rally in Hyundai’s the other Hyundai i20 R5 drivers in the event.
Rally di Alba takes place this weekend over nine stages.