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Entries for the final round of this year’s FIA European Rally Championship closed on Tuesday evening – with a final list expected to be published over the coming days.

Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España takes place from 20 – 22 October with a Qualifying Stage on Thursday followed by two days of flat-out action in the Costa Daurada hills on Friday and Saturday.

Running on the same weekend as the WRC, the ERC rally will run as a separate event under its own regulations and is set to be the longest round of the season with 14 stages totalling 240.60km.

Entries for the Salou-based fixture closed yesterday (Tuesday) evening and, although a final entry list is awaiting publication, around 20 ERC-registered crews are expected to compete.

Bonato is back
Among those confirmed is 2022 champion Efrén Llarena in a Team MRF Tyres Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo as well as Alberto Battistolli, who has recovered well after crashing heavily last time out at Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Yoann Bonato secured podiums on similar terrain at both Rally Islas Canarias and Rally di Roma Capitale – and the Frenchman also features in his trusty Citroën C3 Rally2.

The ERC4 title fight will go down to the wire with home hero Óscar Palomo looking to keep Andrea Mabellini and Junior ERC champion Laurent Pellier at bay, while Suzuki Motor Ibérica team-mates Joan Vinyes and Alberto Monarri will duel for the ERC Open crown.

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