The desire to point the finger is inevitable. Living in a blame culture like ours, somebody always has to take the blame. If I trip on a paving stone, it's not my fault for not looking where I'm going, it's the council's fault for not maintaining their slabs. So, when the World Rally Championship comes close to falling flat on its face then somebody must be to blame.
Who knew what was about to hit the fan as as 2011 season ended in Wales? © LAT
Well, it depends who you want to believe. The WRC service park has been polarised in recent weeks, with half its regulars supporting North One Sport and the other half firmly on the side of the governing body of world motorsport, the FIA.
On the face of it, it's a commercial issue that has rocked our world, therefore NOS must be at fault. The waters are muddied, however, when consideration is given to what could have possibly happened. We're led to believe that an entirely credible offer was made by a Qatari investment bank to not only sure up the WRC's coffers, but to inject the kind of cash NOS CEO Simon Long had confirmed was just over the horizon for years.
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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