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Bumper Welsh entry revealed.

The organisers of Wales Rally GB have published the list of entries received for the final round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season, featuring 86 cars.

Amongst the entry list are no fewer than 22 WRC cars, with five of the manufacturer teams represented; the Munchi's Ford team not taking part in the Welsh forests.

With Sebastien Loeb having wrapped up the drivers' title last time out in Japan, the key fight amongst the leading teams will be between Citroen and Ford for the manufacturers title, with Citroen leading the way by eleven points going into the season finale.

Away from the manufacturer teams, Henning Solberg, Barry Clark, Steve Perez and Dave Weston will all run under the Stobart banner, while Khalid Al Qassimi continues in a third BP Ford Focus WRC. Urmo Aava, Conrad Rautenbach and Sebatien Ogier will be at the wheel of privateer Citroen C4s, while Mads Ostberg, Eamonn Boland and Gareth Jones will run Subaru Imprezas.

MotoGP star Valentino Rossi also returns to Wales Rally GB in an M-Sport run Focus WRC supporting the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Wales Rally GB will also play host to the final round of the Production World Rally Championship, with Juho Hanninen leading Andreas Aigner by six points. Both drivers feature on the entry list for the final event of the campaign.

The final WRC event of the year is also a double-points scoring event in the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship with three drivers - David Higgins, Mark Higgins and Guy Wilks – still in contention for the title. WRGB is also the final round of the Fiesta SportingTrophy international.

Elsewhere on the entry list, Tom Cave will become the youngest person to start the event subject to passing his UK driving test on 25 November. Cave turns 17 nine days earlier.

The full entry list, which is still subject to FIA approval, is as follows:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 M
6. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 M
7. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
11. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC M
12. Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC M

14. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 A8
15. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC A8
16. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC A8
17. Sebastien Ogier PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC A8
18. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Subaru WRC A8
19. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 A8
20. Barry Clark Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 A8
21. Eamonn Boland Subaru Impreza WRC A8
22. Gareth Jones Subaru Impreza WRC A8
23. Steve Perez Stobart VK Ford Focus A8
24. Dave Weston Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 05 A8
46. Valentino Rossi Ford Focus WRC 07 A8

32. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
33. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
35. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
36. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
37. Spyros Pavlides Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
38. Darren Gass Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
39. Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
41. Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
42. Bernardo Sousa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
44. Patrick Flodin Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
45. Teemu Arminen Subaru Impreza P
47. Jaromir Tarabus Fiat Grande Punto S2000 P
48. Evgeny Aksakov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
49. Simone Campedelli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
50. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
52. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
53. Giovanni Manfrinato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
54. Mark Higgins Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
55. Patrik Sandell Peugeot 207 S2000 P
56. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 P
57. Martin Rauam Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
58. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
59. David Higgins Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
60. Guy Wilks Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
146. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi P

61. Gwyndaf Evans Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
63. Dave Weston Jr Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
64. Ario Laivola Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
65. Brian O'Mahony Renault Clio S1600 A6
65. Luca Griotti Renault Clio A7
66. Tommi Luostarinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
67. Hermann Gassner Jr Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
68. Hugh Evans Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
69. Daniel Ungur Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
70. Marco Tempestini Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
71. Oleksii Tamrazov Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
72. Rob Gill Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
73. Egon Kaur Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
74. Tom Walster Ford Fiesta ST N3
75. Peter Stephenson MG ZR S2000 N4
76. Jason Pritchard Citroen C2R2 A6
77. James Smith Subaru Impreza N4
78. Matt Cotton Citroen C2R2 A6
79. Andrew Hockridge Citroen C2R2 A6
80. Steven Holder Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
81. Emre Yurdakul Ford Fiesta ST N3
82. Frederic Sauvan Mitsubishi Lancer Evo N4
84. Burcu Cetinkaya Ford Fiesta ST N3
85. Nathan O'Connor Citroen C2R2 A6
86. Koray Muratoglu Ford Fiesta ST N3
87. Tony Jardine Ford Fiesta ST150 N3
88. Deividas Jocius Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
89. Gordon Nichol Suzuki Swift N2
90. Joachim Muller-Wende Ford Fiesta ST N3
91. David Matthews Subaru Impreza N4
92. Marko Jeram Ford Fiesta ST N3
93. Denis Grodetskiy Ford Fiesta ST N3
94. Thomas Cave Ford Fiesta ST N3
95. Neville Jones Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
96. SD Roy MG ZR 160 N3
97. David Harrison MG ZR 105 N1
98. Darren Jones Skoda Felcia A5

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
P - denotes Production WRC entry.


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Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Volkswagen
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Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
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Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC

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Malcolm Roberts - Unregistered

November 11, 2008 6:55 AM

A bumper entry of 86 cars! I was a co driver in the 1996 event when there were 150 entries, with I think about 30 reserves. What has happened to rallying? Shame on the WRC for homogenising events for TV purposes and failing to make the required impact. Back in the 80's and 90's BBC2 used to go to town on the RAC, with several broadcasts over the four days and that was when the UK's round of the World Championship used to visit England, Scotland and Wales. It didn't cost £90 to see then either! I wonder why more people used to wrap up and be thrilled to see the rally go through their local forest or stately home.



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