Hampshire's Justin Dale pits his driving skills against the greatest drivers in the world in the Wales Rally GB next week.

The former British junior champion from Chilbolton competes in the 14th and final round of the FIA World Rally Championship alongside seven past or present champions including Britain's former title holders Richard Burns and Colin McRae.

The near capacity 80-plus car entry includes professional and amateur crews from 22 countries for the prestigious four-day 994-mile Cardiff based event which gets under way on Thursday November 6.

Dale is contesting the British event for the third time running and is partnered by Andrew Bagery from Brighton in a Suabru Impreza.

Burns (Peugeot) and McRae (Citroen) are looking to equal Hannu Mikkola's record of four wins in Britain's only World Rally Championship qualifier.

The rally features 235 miles of competitive time trials - 18 special stages that will be timed using pioneering satellite equipment. The purpose-built 1.52 mile Super Special stage in Cardiff Bay is used three times including for the night start.

The remainder of the tests are in Forestry Commission owned gravel roads in mid, west and south Wales.