The Monte is that the conventional opening round of the World Rally Championship and next month’s edition, which runs from 24 – 27 January, will kick off an enlarged 14-round year old.

Rally organisers, the Automobile Club de Monaco, supported the major competitors fleetingly after entries closed on Friday (21 December).

Sébastien Ogier, winner of this rally for the last five decades, heads the list as a brand new member of this Citroën racing team. The reigning champion will begin his title defence at the wheel of a C3 WRC with a second car because of his brand fresh team mate Esapekka Lappi.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing squad will subject Yaris World Rally Cars for both Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tänak and fresh arrivals Kris Meeke and co-driver Sebastian Marshall.

Elfyn Evans, Teemu Suninen and Pontus Tidemand will induce Ford Fiesta WRCs to your M Sport Ford World Rally Team. The big function will indicate the tournament debut for two fresh co-driver pairings, when Scott Martin joins Evans along with Marko Salminen partners Suninen. Tidemand is to declare that his Monte co-driver.

Hyundai Motorsport have also enrolled a trio of entrances, with i-20 World Rally Cars for Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and fresh team signing, seven-time Monte winner Sébastien Loeb.

From the support categories, Yoann Bonato (Citroën c 3 ) and Gus Greensmith (Ford Fiesta) are enrolled in the newest WRC-2 Guru Championship. WRC-2 entrances include Old Christian Veiby along with Nicholas Ciamin, equally in VW Polos, and Guillaume De Mevius (Citroën C3) and Adrien Fourmaux (Ford Fiesta).

Other notable entries include Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda Fabia R5) and prior Subaru World Rally Team driver Stephane Sarrazin (Hyundai i-20 R5).

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