*With a strong international contingent competing in Sibiu the chances of an overseas winner are highly likely. However, it wouldn’t be the first time that a non-Romanian driver has triumphed with the last four victors all born outside of the country.
*Sibiu’s superspecial on Friday and Saturday is based at the city’s rallycross circuit where drivers will tackle the 1.90-kilometre course in pairs.
*Until 1941 the majority of Sibiu’s population was ethnic German. Although many returned to Germany from the 1950s onwards, about 2000 remained including Klaus Johannis, the city’s chairman.
*Tocaniță, a meat stew seasoned with onions, sarmale, picked cabbage leaves stuffed with a mix of minced meats, rice and spices, and mititei, small skinless grilled sausages, are among popular entrees served in Romania.
*Transylvania is Dracula country and author Bram Stoker’s fictional Count’s castle is located in Brasov, 143 kilometres from Sibiu.