A record-breaking 28 Super 2000 cars are set to start Barum Czech Rally Zlin, round nine of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which runs from 27-29 August, it was announced this week.

The tally beats the existing benchmark of 24, held jointly by this year's Geko Ypres Rally and last season's Rallye Sanremo.

Among those expected to run at the front of the all-asphalt event, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this season, are 2009 winner Jan Kopecky, his Skoda Motorsport team-mate and IRC title leader Juho Hanninen, Peugeot UK's defending IRC champion Kris Meeke and Rali Vinho Madeira winner Freddy Loix.

Other notable names on the 130-car entry are Guy Wilks, who returns to the IRC following his injury-enforced lay-off, Czech championship leader Pavel Valousek, and Thierry Neuville, who finished third on his last IRC appearance in Ypres in late June.

Martin Prokop however, is almost certain not to compete on the event after his name did not appear on the entry published on Monday (August 16).

Prokop is due to finalise his plans after the finish of the Rallye Deutschland this week. The rapid Czech driver is tackling the event in his regular M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000.

"I would like to fight with [Jan] Kopecky and the Barum Czech Rally is an event I really, really enjoy but I won't make my decision until after Rallye Deutschland," said Prokop, who's last appearance on the Zlin-based event was at the wheel of a BFGoodrich Drivers' Team-backed Peugeot 207 S2000 in 2009, when he finished fifth overall.


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