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Telstra Rally Australia have released the provisional entry list for their event, the 14nth round in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship, which runs from October 27-29.

In total 61 crews will take part, with all the manufacturer 1 and manufacturer 2 squads set to have a presence, with the exception of Red Bull Skoda.

Sebastien Loeb is listed, however it is extremely unlikely he will start following his mountain bike accident last week.

In the Production Car WRC, 14 drivers will be eligible to score points' - however current PCWRC points' leader, Nasser Al-Attiyah, will not be in action, as it is not one of his nominated events. He could therefore lose the lead, if Fumio Nutahara wins, something that would put the Japanese driver two points in front.

There will be 20 Australians in action for the home crowd to cheer on, most notably, SWRT number two driver, Chris Atkinson, and Dean Herridge. Leading privateers on the list include Will Orders, Darren Windus and John Murray Junior, all in Subarus, and former Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia driver, Spencer Lowndes, in a Lancer Evo 5.

Bob Whyatt and Tolley Challis will also take part - they have contested every Rally Australia since the event began in 1988.

What follows is the draft entry list, which has still to be approved by the FIA, the sports governing body:

1. Sebastien Loeb Kronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06 M1##
2. Daniel Sordo Kronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06 M1
3. Marcus Gronholm BP Ford Focus RS WRC 06 M1
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 06 M1
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006 M1
6. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006 M1
7. Manfred Stohl OMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC M2
8. Henning Solberg OMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC M2
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 05 M2
10. Luis Perez Companc Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 05 M2

Xavier Pons Kronos Citroen Xsara WRC

31. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX P
32. Marcos Ligato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
33. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
34. Sebastian Beltran Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
35. Gabriel Pozzo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
36. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
37. Jari-Matti Latvala Subaru Impreza WRX P
38. Leszek Kuzaj Subaru Impreza WRX P
40. Stefano Marrini Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
41. Dean Herridge Subaru Impreza WRX P
42. Sergey Uspenskiy Subaru Impreza WRX P
43. Jasen Popov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
45. Aki Teiskonen Subaru Impreza WRX P
46. Nigel Heath Subaru Impreza WRX P

Robert Whyatt Subaru Impreza WRX*
Tolley Challis Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7*
Xu Lang Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8
Spencer Lowndes Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5
Masahiro Nakajima Subaru Impreza WRX
Xiang Wang Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
Malcolm Stewart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5
Darren Windus Subaru Impreza WRX
Will Orders Subaru Impreza WRX
Dermott Malley Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8
Ryo Funaki Subaru Impreza WRX
John Murray Subaru Impreza WRX
Satoru Ito Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7
Loris Baldacci Subaru Impreza WRX
Graham Furness Subaru Impreza WRX
Toby Heyring Subaru Impreza WRX
Michael Anderson Subaru Impreza WRX
Christopher Anderson Subaru Impreza WRX
James Anderson Subaru Impreza WRX
Shane Eather Subaru Impreza WRX
John Berne Subaru Impreza RS
Robert Ash Subaru Impreza WRX
Warren Tuckett Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8
Shane Orkney Subaru Impreza WRX
Graeme Miles Subaru Impreza WRX
Steven Maitland Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5
Timothy Abbott Subaru Impreza WRX
Russell Marker Subaru Impreza WRX
Keiji Seita Honda Civic
Kazuhiro Kamiya Toyota Yaris
Toshiyuki Matsushita Toyota Yaris
John Macara Subaru Impreza WRX
Philip Steel Subaru Impreza WRX
Owen Stickels Subaru Impreza WRX
Peter Bennison Subaru Impreza WRX
WIN A DRIVE Subaru Impreza WRX 36

M1 - denotes Manufacturer 1 entry.
M2 - denotes Manufacturer 2 entry.
P - denotes Production Car WRC entry


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