M-Sport WRC cars join Hyundais at Rally di Alba

Two-car entry from M-Sport takes Alba World Rally Car line-up to six


Two M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Cars for Italian drivers ‘Pedro’ and Manuel Villa will join the four Hyundais at the start of next week’s Rally di Alba.

Hyundai is fielding i20 Coupe WRCs for World Rally Champion Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville, while Pierre-Louis Loubet – who is also driving one at this weekend’s RallyStars event – and local driver Luca Pedersoli will drive examples prepared by 2C Competition.

‘Pedro’ will also be appearing on the RallyStars event, which takes place alongside Rally di Roma, prior to Rally di Alba.

The six World Rally Cars will compete in a separate ‘Plus’ class to the rest of the field which is predominantly comprised of Hyundai i20 R5s, with 16 appearing on the entry list.

Craig Breen and Dani Sordo will both drive for the BRC Racing Team, with Jari Huttunen entered under the Hyundai Motorsport N banner. Hyundai Junior drivers Grégoire Munster and Callum Devine will also compete as will Hyundai’s WRC2 driver Ole Christian Veiby.

Italians Luca Rosetti, Andrea Nucita, Stefano Giorgioni, Luigi Giacobone, Bruno Godino and Massimilano Santoro will all drive private examples with Irish drivers Josh McErlean, Josh Moffett and Philip Allen doing the same.

Rally di Alba will run on August 1 and was won by Sébastien Loeb last year.

Words:Luke Barry