A provisional entry list for the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo has been released.
Featured on the entry list are 11 World Rally Cars, including three Ford Fiestas.
The third Fiesta driver for Rallye Monte Carlo is yet to be announced, however, there are rumours circling that it will be Frenchman, Bryan Bouffier.
Bouffier is an experienced Monte competitor, having competed there on eight occasions, including a fantastic second position in 2014, behind the wheel of an M-Sport Ford Fiesta.
Despite a quiet WRC program since his short stint with Hyundai in 2014, Bouffier has been keeping ‘match-fit’, mostly in the European Rally Championship.
If the rumours are true, the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team will have a strong line-up come mid-January.
Sebastien Ogier will again lead Ford's charge.
Ott Tanak will be driving the number eight Toyota Yaris on his first event for Tommi Makinen’s squad, and the Citroen C3s of Kris Meeke and Craig Breen will sport numbers 10 and 11.
The R5 class is strong, with several WRC stage winners behind the wheel. However, only five are listed as WRC2 points scorers.
Kevin Abbring, Eric Camilli and Teemu Suninen will all drive Ford Fiesta R5s, the two latter not making the cut for the third M-Sport car yet.
Jan Kopecky, Kalle Rovanpera and Ole Christian Veiby are set to lead Skoda’s charge on the all asphalt classic.
Another notable entrant in WRC2 is Stephane Sarrazin, who’ll drive a Hyundai i20 R5, most likely under his own team’s banner.
Sarrazin drove for the Subaru World Rally Team in 2005 and 2006, and has also been a key part of the new FIA R4 concept as a test driver.
Sarrazin Motorsport will also run Hyundai’s factory R5 for Finnish young gun, Jari Huttunen, throughout 2018.
The full entry list is expected to be released on January 12.
Rallye Monte Carlo begins on January 25 and will cover over 385 competitive kilometres.
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