once the Rally of Finland, the WRC enters a new phase of the season with the arrival of the last two tests of asphalt. The first of these is the Rally Germany, an event will take place between days 17 and 20 of August. Therefore, the local promoter has published the list of entries of an appointment that will have a total of 68 participants. Among the cars that will be in tranches germans find 13 World Rally Cars of new generation, 2 more in the WRC Trophy and up to 19 cars R5 enrolled in WRC2. 6 enrolled in JWRC close the list of participants.
Few surprises among the factory equipment, and priority drivers. Hyundai debuts in Germany the leadership of Thierry Neuville and will compete with their usual three i20 WRC Coupe for the belgian driver, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon. The arrival of the asphalt can do a lot of good to a team that will have to slow down the momentum of a M-Sport you need to accumulate points to retain the leadership of marks. Sébastien Ogier will seek to recover the first place in the contest. Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans will drive the other two Fiesta RS WRC, while Armin Kremer pilot a fourth unit, occupying the hollow of Mads Ostberg, this time in WRC2.
Toyota Gazoo Racing will find it difficult to repeat the successes he has achieved in his rally house, in Finland, but appear as it is logical with the same payroll of pilots. Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi, the latter with his first victory in the WRC under the arm, will defend the colors of the brand. Finally, and within the rotation policy that has been established Citroën Racing, in the Rally of Germany there will be three Citroen C3 WRC will be piloted by Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Andreas Mikkelsen. This last one returns to action after not competing in Finland.
The class WRC2 presents a remarkable list of enrolled, every time that the Rally of Germany is one of the three mandatory tests for drivers of the category. Therefore, in the asphalt German are gathered all the swords of the category. Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký appear with the Skoda Fabia R5 official, Teemu Suninen and Eric Camilli with the Fiesta R5 from M-Sport. Mads Ostberg in his erratic program is in addition to all of them, although the competition does not end there with names like Benito Guerra, Simone Tempestini, Quentin Gilbert, Gus Greensmith or Fabio Andolfi. In total, 19 drivers will compete in the second category in the world championship.
Six are enrolled in JWRC and eight in total in WRC3. A large part of the looks are for Nil Solans, the leader of both categories. Terry Folb and Nicolas Ciamin promise to be tough opponents, but on this occasion the who plays at home is Julius Tanner. Beyond the categories that define the WRC, 26 other pilots are added to the rally. The presence of Fabian Kreim with a Fabia R5, of the ward of Hyundai Lim Chewon with a i20 R5, Jari Huttunen with the Opel Adam R2, or Hermann Gassner Jr. with the Toyota GT86 R3 is a highlight.