Pirelli has confirmed the identities of the six judges that will assess the 19 young hopefuls that will contest the Pan-European Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-Out this weekend in Austria.

The panel of experts will comprise former World Rally Championship stars, Walter Rohrl and Michele Mouton, as well as Autosport and Rallycourse editor, David Evans. Pirelli rally manager, Mario Isola will also take a place on the jury along with rally organiser, Joao Passos and Tommi Makinen Racing team manager, Kevin Morris.

The shoot-out will take place over two days with the two winners receiving a fully-paid drive on six rounds of the 2009 World Rally Championship in a Group N or Super 2000 car supplied and serviced under an FIA contract with a specialist preparation company.

The participating drivers, who have been selected by their respective national sporting authorities and comply with a strict age limit, being less than 27 years old on January 1 2009, has changed slightly since the initial list was released at the end of September.

Indeed Andreas Aigner (Austria), Martin Prokop (Czech Republic), Michal Kosciuszko (Poland) and Patrik Sandell (Sweden) have all been replaced as they were deemed too experienced to qualify.

Greece has also now nominated a candidate boosting the total to 17 drivers' from Europe. There is also two drivers' from the Americas (one from South America and one from Central America).

The full list of hopefuls is as follows:

Austria Franz Wittmann jr
Belgium Thierry Neuville
Bulgaria Todor Slavov
Codasur region Victor Galeano (South America)
Czech Republic Martin Semerad
Finland Jarkko Nikara
France Guillaume Canivenq
Germany Hermann Gassner
Greece Sotirhos Lefteris
Ireland Keith Cronin
Italy Simone Campedelli
Nacam region Benito Guerra Jr. (Central America)
Norway Sveinung Bielvedt
Poland Radoslav Typa
Portugal Antonio Rodrigues
Spain Yeray Lemes
Sweden Joakim Nyman
Turkey Emre Yurdakul
United Kingdom Adam Gould

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