BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team driver Jari-Matti Latvala
will pilot Ken Block's Monster World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC car at this year's tenth anniversary Rallyday Show, at Wiltshire's Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday 18 September, it has been confirmed.
It will be the Finn's first outing at the event: "The opportunity to drive the Ford Focus RS WRC on asphalt at Castle Combe is something I am looking forward to, away from the pressures of competition," Latvala said.
"I hope I can put on a really good show for the fans, with lots of sideways action and I'm sure the event will be as big a success as it has been in previous years."
Rallyday organisers, Brian Stubbings and Darin Frow are both delighted the 25-year-old has agreed to attend the UK's premier rally car show and drive the M-Sport-built car, which Block competed in recently in Germany.
"It is brilliant for us to welcome Jari-Matti to the show, driving the same Ford Focus RS WRC car driven in the World Rally Championship by Ken Block," Stubbings said. "Block took the award for 'Most Thrilling Driver' at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in July and I'm sure Jari-Matti will be equally thrilling in front of the Rallyday crowds in a few weeks!"
Latvala is one of a number of rally celebrities already confirmed for the event, with 1984 World Rally champion Stig Blomqvist also returning to mark the 30th anniversary of the Audi quattro.
As part of this celebration, a comprehensive line-up of original works Audi quattros will be in the centre of the Rallyday paddock, covering their evolution through the 1980s and Blomqvist will be back behind the wheel to bring back some nostalgic memories of this amazing era of the sport.
In addition, Rallyday will welcome a new manufacturer to the event, as Skoda UK announced recently that two-time British Rally champion, Guy Wilks will drive the new Skoda Fabia S2000 Facelift, which the Englishman got his first taste of last weekend on the Barum Czech Rally Zlin, the latest round in the 2010 FIA Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
"Rallyday at Castle Combe is a really good event, with a fantastic atmosphere. There is always a great collection of rally cars, both modern and from a bygone era, and the access people have to the cars and drivers is second to none. I really love driving at Rallyday," said Wilks. "Although Castle Combe is a race circuit, it's a great opportunity to put on a show for the large crowd of spectators - especially as there are so many of them!"