Delecour, Lappi headline Monte surprises
Former Monte Carlo Rally winner Francois Delecour will switch to a Peugeot 207 S2000 for his 21st attempt at the event later this month.
Delecour, 53, took his sole win on the Monte in 1994 – but ran as high as second overall in a 207 in 2011, when it ran as a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
The Frenchman was originally entered in a Porsche 911 and his decision to move to the Peugeot means there will be no entries for the opening round of the FIA’S R-GT Cup.
Elsewhere on the entry list, Esapekka Lappi starts outside the main WRC2 field in a self-funded Skoda Fabia R5 despite heading the manufacturer’s team last year. Also using one of the Czech machines is Greek star Lambros Athanasoulas, who won PWRC on his home world championship event in 2009.
As well as expected entries for Kris Meeke and Elfyn Evans, Eamonn Boland starts the event for the 12th time in his Subaru WRX. The Monte Carlo Rally runs from January 21-24.