Wales Rally GB will feature a "full capacity field" this year, organisers have confirmed.
Entries for the international event closed last week with 78 cars confirmed, the largest number received in recent years, underlining its escalating esteem since its successful move to a new base in north Wales in 2013.
The international field, including 50 Priority drivers, will also be complemented by 85 crews contesting the Network Q WRGB National Rally, providing amateurs with the chance to tackle the same timed sections alongside their WRC counterparts. Such is the National Rally's popularity that entries were sold out within hours of opening and many hopefuls are still waiting on a reserve list.
“This is great news on every level and a further endorsement of the event's spiralling popularity,” said Ben Taylor, managing director of Wales Rally GB. “Our ambition is to create a fantastic sporting spectacle and a fitting finale to the FIA World Rally Championship – to have this star-studded, full-capacity entry is a major component in achieving those two goals.
"It's superb for the fans who will be treated to some truly memorable top class action... and, who knows, perhaps even the added excitement of a British winner!”
Deputy Minister for Culture Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, added: “I'm delighted that this year's rally has reached a record number of entries, it bodes well for an exciting event next month.
“Wales Rally GB has developed a strong profile on the World Rally Championship calendar, demonstrating Wales' ability to deliver a wide range of major events.
"It's a world-class event that hits the headlines time and again for the very best reasons, and it looks like this year will be even bigger and better than ever.”