Although Giandomenico Basso's bid for a fourth Rali Vinho Madeira victory has been scuppered after he was forced to withdraw his entry due to a funding shortage, the Abarth marque will still be represented on the Atlantic island by Luca Rossetti.

Rossetti, a four-time IRC event winner, will drive a Grande Punto Super 2000 for the Italian Procar operation as he bids to extend his lead of the European Rally Championship, which will also be contested in Madeira.

"Madeira is a tough race in a beautiful island with wonderful and passionate people," said the 34-year-old, who will be co-driven by regular navigator and fellow Italian Matteo Chiarcossi.

"I will be at the start to honour one of the most beautiful and important rallies in the world. I am aware that it will not be easy to get a positive result but I will try my best."