Double British Rally Championship title winner Guy Wilks has become the latest star name to confirm he will appear at the annual Rally Show at Chatsworth.

Wilks, title winner in 2007 and 2008, will represent the British team in the Nations Cup event at the wheel of the new Proton Satria Neo S2000 run by the Mellors Elliot Motorsport team.

Also in the British team will be Steve Perez at the wheel of his Ford Focus WRC07 and David Kynaston in his Audi A3 Quattro.

The Irish are represented by Kris Meeke, in his Peugeot UK S2000 207 and the Donnelly brothers, Eugene and Charlie, in a Toyota Corolla WRC and a Skoda Fabia WRC respectively. The Donnellys will be coming to Chatsworth on a high, after Eugene won the Jim Clark International Rally last weekend in the Skoda Fabia WRC.

Coming from Germany, fresh from his win on the latest round of the German Rally Championship, the Sachsen Rally, is Olaf Dobberkau, with his 380bhp Prorallye Team Porsche 911 GT3. This was the first time that a Porsche had won a German Championship rally since Manfred Hero won the 1983 Saarland Rally with a 911 SC.

Joining him is Heinz-Walter Schewe with a similar, fire-breathing Porsche 911 GT3. Schewe was driving Porsches in the 1970s, when he was a frequent entrant on the RAC Rally; he was German Rally Champion in 1976. As well as his 911 GT3, he is bringing the 911 RSR with which he competes in historic rallies.

The Nations Cup is scheduled to run in two heats on Saturday and Sunday, the best two times from each team counting.

It is just one of nine competitive events, plus the VK Fiesta Sporting Trophy knockout - which will keep spectators occupied. In addition, there are demonstrations from, among others, Mikko Hirvonen - now lying second in the 2009 World Rally Championship after his second place behind team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala in Sardinia last weekend - in a Ford Focus WRC and 18 historic rally cars, ranging from 1948 to 1988 in the History of Rallying demonstration.

Among then is Steve Magson from Pickering in Yorkshire, driving the Opel Ascona 400 with which he won the Jim Clark Historic Rally last weekend. It will be a busy weekend for him, since with co-driver Geoff Atkinson, Magson will also be competing in the Northern Historic Championship event at Chatsworth.


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