The Barum Rally Zlin, the latest round in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which takes place next week, has attracted a record number of twenty two Super 2000 cars.

This smashes the previous record for the number of Super 2000 machines to start an IRC event.

As well as the regular Super 2000 runners, additional entries for the all-asphalt event include reigning IRC champion Enrique Garcia Ojeda, who will return at the wheel of his Peugeot 207 S2000 run by Peugeot Spain.

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All five IRC manufacturers will be represented, including a Volkswagen Polo S2000 entry for Bernd Casier.

The Super 2000 formula was introduced two years ago by world motorsport's governing body, the FIA, as a way of controlling costs while providing competitive performance.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength, with a number of the world's leading manufacturers building machines to Super 2000 specification and many more with plans for a Super 2000 car in the pipeline.

One of the latest Super 2000 cars is the new Skoda Fabia S2000, which will be seen as course car on the Barum Rally Zlin, driven by IRC star Jan Kopecky.

The rally gets underway with a ceremonial start and superspecial stage next Friday night, before two full days of all-asphalt rally action on Saturday and Sunday.