The WRC enters fully and permanently in their ‘season’ european with the dispute of the Rally of Portugal, the sixth round scoring of the championship and the first on gravel in the old continent. Thanks to this detail the list of entries of the appointment lusa presents a health enviable with a total of 88 crews that will take part of the test. Between them there are 14 World Rally Cars, the highest number so far this season, a total of 17 registered with their vehicles R5 in WRC2 and up to 14 participants in the Junior WRC. In addition, there will be a large Spanish presence.
Within the factory equipment, some surprise, not in M-Sport that maintains its alignment standard. Sébastien Ogier leads the troops of Malcolm Wilson, accompanied by Elfyn Evans and the Finnish Teemu Suninen. In front will be Hyundai Motorsport, the leader of the constructors and strength hegemonic in Portugal put liza up to four of the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe. The three units that scored for the team are Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Hayden Paddon,, while Dani Sordo will compete without this pressure. The Spanish comes from chaining two podiums on gravel in Mexico and Argentina.
In Toyota Gazoo Racing nor updates so that Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tanak and Esapekka Lappi will defend the interests of the team led by Michel Nandan once more, while Citroën becomes the third C3 WRC. The couple formed by Kris Meeke and Craig Breen is added in this test, the Norwegian Mads Ostberg, which is his second appearance with the team after competing in Sweden. Closes the list of World Rally Cars the private drive of Yazeed Al-Rajhi, which will give a bit of colourful extra to the category queen in a test of your taste.
In the category WRC2 there is a registered list of the highest level. However, Skoda Motorsport, he travels with his Pontus Tidemand and Juuso Nordgren as official riders to fight the real army units of the Ford Fiesta R5 present. However, with the car built by M-Sport to compete Gus Greensmith, Peter Heller, or Takamoto Katsuta and Hiroki Arai, both protected Toyota. To this list we must add the Spanish Nil Solans, Kevin Abbring or Simone Tempestini. In addition, Citroën becomes to trust in Stéphane Lefebvre to show the benefits of the Citroën C3 R5 in gravel, while Jari Huttunen competes with a Hyundai i20 R5 as a pupil of the brand. Same car used by Max Vatanen privately.
Fourteen are the riders that are competing in the JWRC in Portugal, with the names of Terry Folb, Emil Bergkvist and Julius Tannert as most prominent. Finally, there is that to celebrate the wide presence of Spanish that this time is not limited to Dani Sordo and Nil Solans. However, Roberto Blanch will take part of the test with a Peugeot 208 R2, as Francis Golden, Ivan Medina, Juan Manuel Mañá, Josep Bassas, Jan Solans, Ramon Cornet, Alberto San Segundo and Álvaro Pérez, all registered within the Peugeot Rally Cup Iberian, an event that contributes to the broad roster of participants.