The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

THE penul­ti­mate round of the FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship is be­ing hosted in the forests of Wales this week­end and Satur­day could de­cide the ti­tle af­ter one of the clos­est fought sea­sons in which six driv­ers from all four com­pet­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers have claimed wins.

Nine-time world cham­pion Sébastien Loeb, and Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful co-driver Nicky Grist, will com­ment on Red Bull TV.

They have 99 wins be­tween them and will pro­vide ex­pert in­sights as this year’s lead­ers Sébastien Ogier and Julien In­gras­sia have their first chance to take an im­pres­sive fifth world ti­tle and their M-Sport team look set to clinch what would be an emo­tional and his­toric vic­tory in the Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ Cham­pi­onship on home soil.

The field of 79 cars is the big­gest since the rally moved to north Wales in 2013, so com­pe­ti­tion will be fierce in all the cat­e­gories, not least the FIA WRC 2 Cham­pi­onship, where 23 crews will be fight­ing for top hon­ours.

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