The pair are tightly matched after two scoring rounds, with Pieniążek second at the standings on 37 points, 1 point before Rovanperä.
Corsica would be Pieniążek’s first floor rally with m sport’s Ford Fiesta, and 2 weeks later winning WRC 2 Guru at Mexico he carried a time of testing on Sunday to familiarize himself with all the vehicle in asphalt cut.
After next places at Rallye montecarlo and Rally Sweden, the 18-year-old Finn hopes to go one better for this year’s initial pure asphalt evaluation.
Championship leader Ole Christian Veiby will resume his name bid at the wheel of a VW Polo GTI hoping to repeat his last round triumph in México.
The Norwegian will proceed facing a powerful contingent of French drivers for his closest title competition, reigning national winner Yoann Bonato, that won the initial round at a Citroën C3.
Runner-up at montecarlo, French junior winner Adrien Fourmaux (Ford Fiesta) lies fourth in the standings and is also expected to perform.
Contributing to the quality of the French entries are Nicolas Ciaminback for another WRC 2 appearance this year at a VW Polo GTI, former MSport Ford motorist Éric Camilli, that creates his season debut at a Polo, and Pierre-Louis Loubet (Škoda Fabia).
Two former Junior WRC champions can receive their campaigns underway in Corsica. Nil Solans, that lifted the name in 2017, will drive a Fiesta along with veteran co-driver Marc Marti, while 2016 name winner Simone Tempestini would beat the wheel of a Hyundai i-20, having switched from the Citroën C3.
The 16-strong entry also includes Russia’s reigning European real champion Nikolay Gryazin (Fabia) along with Toyota Gazoo development motorist Takamoto Katsuta (Fiesta).
It’s also the start of a brand new WRC 2 season for multiple European and European winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz who has swapped from the Fiesta to a Polo.