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Citroen will enter two cars for the Cork 20 International Rally (September 28-30) with a view to honing its preparations for the remainder of the 2007 WRC season.

The inaugural Rally Ireland, the fifteenth and penultimate round of this year's World Rally Championship, is scheduled to take place on November 15-18 and its inclusion for the first time in the WRC calendar has prompted a long list of questions regarding the profile of the stages competitors can expect to find.

Sébastien Loeb was able to gain an initial idea of the country's roads thanks to their participation on last June's Donegal Rally. Victory on that event enabled the team to glean a great deal of valuable information.

"To build up an even bigger picture of the Irish stages," explains Guy Fréquelin, "Citroën Sport has decided to enter two cars for the Cork Rally. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will be able to gain extra experience of these highly specific roads at the wheel of a C4 WRC, while Dani Sordo and Marc Marti will get their first taste of competition in the country with a Xsara WRC, since Citroën Sport has no other C4s available for the weekend in question."

Ford will also contest the event in a works Focus World Rally Car, although it is not know at this stage if Marcus Gronholm or Mikko Hirvonen will take the wheel.

The Irish entry will mean the two leading WRC teams will contest four rallies in five weeks – so much for the teams wanting less events to compete in…

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