Although it is traditionally the higher-powered, more adept at finding traction 4WD entrants that tend to dominate gravel events, next Saturday's Catlins Coast Rally could see strong title challenges from a bevy of 2WDs.
Asia-Pacific rally star Michael Young has had a rewarding fortnight, as he received highest honours in last week's 2015 Elite Motorsport Academy on top of a podium finish at an Australian rally last month.
Lewis Hamilton put Monaco misery behind him on Sunday with a controlled Canadian Grand Prix victory that sent the Formula One world champion 17 points clear of Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
Fresh from his awe-inspiring overall win at the Otago Rally earlier this month, Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard will have been writing the best pace notes they can during the Rally Portugal recce this week.
Records were shattered and Hayden Paddon's rivals left in awe as New Zealand's rising star of world championship rallying snatched outright victory as well as classic class honours in the Otago Rally yesterday.