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Finn Jukka Korhonen heads to the Rally Sunseeker as hot favourite to take the MSA British Rally Championship and the Citroën Racing Trophy UK titles this weekend.

Korhonen currently leads the series by 12 points, but with a superb set of prizes in store for the top three finishers and the final positions still to be decided, there’s a lot at stake as the crews line up on Friday night for the ceremonial start at Poole Quay.

This year’s Citroën Racing Trophy UK winner receives 8000€, a free entry into Wales Rally GB and 20 Pirelli rally tyres, with second place also receiving a free entry, 5000€ and 12 free Pirelli tyres. The third placed driver receives a Wales Rally GB entry, 3000€ and eight free Pirelli tyres.

The action begins on Saturday morning and features three loops of Ringwood Forest stages split by service at Creekmoor to the north of Poole. The cars also visit Somerley Park before the ceremonial finish back at Poole Quay.

It won’t be plain sailing for Jukka Korhonen and the Autosport Technology team, as Alastair Fisher in his DGM Sport DS3 is amongst those who can still deprive Jukka of both titles. The 25-year-old remains in with a chance of title glory, thanks to the points-and-a-half on offer for the final round. It remains a tall order for the Northern Irishman, though, as he will need to win the rally, with Korhonen placing fourth or lower, to seal top spot.

The extra points on offer also keep the title hopes of Welsh drivers Tom Cave and Osian Pryce alive. Both of these young drivers are capable of winning this event and should trouble strike the Finn, the destiny of the title could change in a heartbeat.

There will be other drivers whose positions on the event could affect the outcome of the series. Jonny Greer is ever-consistent, while Pirelli Star Driver and winner of last year’s rally, Mark Donnelly, is starting at number one, aiming to end the year on a high.

John MacCrone is fresh from a victory on his home rally in Mull last weekend and the Culina Palletforce driver had a great battle with Jonny Greer in Yorkshire. James Grint is hoping to further improve on his encouraging performances throughout the season.

DS3 R3s fill the top nine starting places this weekend, as these 1600cc turbo-charged front wheel drive machines have dominated the British Rally Championship once again this season, already securing Citroën UK the coveted Manufacturers Championship.

Citroën Racing Trophy UK- Drivers Championship- After Round 5

1st   Jukka Korhonen 94 pts
2nd  Alastair Fisher 82
3rd Tom Cave 79
4th Jonny Greer  70
5th Osian Pryce 68
6th Mark Donnelly 56
7th James Grint 55
8th John MacCrone 42
9th Peter Taylor 25
10th Brendan Cumiskey 22
11th Desi Henry 12

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