The holidays are here. Sebastien Loeb's gone jet-skiing, Matthew Wilson's off on a bike ride, Petter Solberg's jumping out of aeroplanes and Mikko Hirvonen's enjoying the sunshine at home.
Six rallies into this year's World Rally Championship and we've learned plenty. It's been an amazing ride so far, with some incredibly tight fights - including the closest finish to a WRC round, when Sebastien Ogier edged Jari-Matti Latvala by just 0.2 seconds in Jordan. Beyond that, there's been the usual mix of sport and politics.
But this time the politics hasn't all been behind the scenes and it hasn't all been about the FIA. Citroen has hit the headlines hard in the first half of the year, not only for winning five from six rallies - but also for the internal battle for the supremacy between Sebastiens old and new; Loeb and Ogier. From pre-season to summer holidays, there hasn't been a dull moment.
The new dawn
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans