Rally Spain will be a vital event in this year’s race for the WRC2 title, and the record reflects that. Around 33 Rally2 cars will take the start in Salou, led by Citroën Johan Rossel.

But just as it was in New Zealand, all eyes will be on fourth seed Kajatan Kajetanovic to see what he can do to strip Andreas Mickelsen of the title lead in his underwhelming strategy to challenge for the championship.

Emil Lindholm could be a real lock in this one, as if he can find the finances to fight Japan, he also has a shot at the title. He of course also won WRC3 last year during that famous gambit where coxswain Reeta Hameliainen was registered as a pilot.

Teemu Suninen could be another one to watch as he continues his quest for a first WRC2 win this season, 12 months after joining Hyundai in Spain last year. The show also features plenty of local talent, including Pepe Lopez and Ian Salance.

Neil Sallance was due to take part but he crashed in his test on Monday and the damage means he will not be able to start the event.