With three different race winners and seven podium finishers in the first four races held so far, the championship has been hard-fought.
The challenge for most of the drivers is to fill the gap that Yvan Muller has already been able to open. Thank to a double victory at Monza and two good placings in Morocco, the Frenchman has built a leading margin of 37 points ahead of Michel Nykjær (winner at Marrakech) and Gabriele Tarquini (twice on the podium, but still chasing a victory).
Tom Chilton, James Nash and Pepe Oriola are placed from fourth to six, within striking distance.
The fight is even closer in the Yokohama Trophy, with Nash leading by only six points ahead of Nykjær.
Considering how competitive the SEAT cars were last year on the Slovak circuit, it can be assumed that the drivers at the wheel of the Leon will be competitive, especially Oriola (who scored his first win at Marrakech) and the ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport duo of Marc Basseng and Rob Huff.