As the WRC schedule nears its conclusion, 68 crews will race through Germany, Austria, and Czechia in the inaugural edition of the Central European Rally, the second consecutive rally making its debut, with one of three Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers favored to emerge with the rally win.
WRC Central European RallyPicks
WRC Pick: Eflyn Evans to win the penultimate rally of the 2023 season.
However, it was M-Sport Ford’s Ott Tänak who won the inaugural Rally Chile, where the top four finishers of the rally finished in reverse finishing order in the power stage.
With each country’s stages reflecting their distinct motorsports heritages, Insiders Betting Digest has you covered with our WRC Central European Rally prediction.
WRC Central European Rally Odds
The WRC odds available will depend on the sportsbook you prefer to use. For Insiders Betting Digest’s WRC Central European Rally prediction, we’re using three main betting lines from the many stage, winning gap, and prop betting lines available.
|Driver (Team)||Odds to Win||Top 3 Finish||Top 5 Finish|
|Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota Gazoo Racing)||+125||-286||-455|
|Thierry Neuville (Hyundai)||+650||-133||-345|
|Elfyn Evans (Toyota Gazoo Racing)||+850||+110||-303|
|Ott Tänak (M-Sport Ford)||+775||-111||-278|
|Esapekka Lappi (Hyundai)||+3400||+350||-192|
|Sebastien Ogier (Toyota Gazoo Racing)||+220||-222||-400|
Here are the odds for Winning Car, with one car , which has won eight of 11 rallies this season, making our WRC picks:
|Car||Odds to Win|
Everything You Need to Know About WRC Central European Rally
FIA World Rally Championship – WRC Central European Rally | 18 stages (310.01 KM)
Location of the rally: Germany, Austria, and Czechia.
Date & Time: October 25th – 29th, 2023.
How to watch: WRC+ | Red Bull TV | Local Broadcast Partners
Ready, Set, Go! WRC Central European Rally
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Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Kalle Rovanperä sits atop the WRC standings, aiming to win the 2023 WRC Drivers’ Championship in Central Europe for his second-career World Championship. Except for retiring from his home rally in Finland, Rovanperä has finished in the top four in every rally this season (ten of 11 rallies).
Rovanperä has five first-place power stage finishes in the previous seven rallies, with his Finland retirement and second-place in Kenya as the outliers.
Rovanperä is one of Toyota’s drivers who’ll finish in the top five and likely fighting for the win, having three rally wins and five top-three finishes in the last seven rallies.
Rovanperä’s Toyota teammate and chief Championship rival Elfyn Evans needs two mega weekends and luck to take the Championship lead from his Finnish counterpart. Evans finished in the top five in the power stage in the previous six rallies, with four consecutive power stage top-two finishes.
Besides his retirement in Portugal, Evans has finished in the top five in ten of the 11 rallies this season, scoring two rally wins this season (Croatia and Finland), and has a streak of six consecutive top-four finishes heading into the Central European Rally.
Evans will join Rovanperä in the top five and likely on the rostrum with his fourth consecutive podium finish.
Toyota Gazoo’s Sebastian Ogier hasn’t entered every rally but has a 50% winning record this season. Ogier has three wins in six rallies, with five power stage top-five finishes.
However, Ogier finished 10th in Greece in his last rally but will likely bounce back and finish in the top five.
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville has eight top-five finishes this season, and having three second-place finishes in the previous four rallies, Neuville will finish in the top-five, but a rally win would be an upset.
Who Will Win WRC Central European Rally?
- WRC Pick: Insiders Betting Digest’s WRC Central European Rally prediction has Eflyn Evans winning the penultimate rally of the 2023 season.