Okay, forget the last week or so. Forget the politics and the disappointments that have already overshadowed the start of the season. Let's focus on the positives - there are plenty of them.
Firstly, the Monte Carlo Rally is back in the World Rally Championship. After three years in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the French Alps event celebrates its 80th running by returning to the WRC, providing a classic start to what's likely to be a classic battle for this year's title.
It really is likely to be an open race. We've already seen that the Ford and Citroen cars are pretty evenly matched under the current regulations that came into force last year. But, with Jari-Matti Latvala off the leash and with the full support of his number two Petter Solberg, we could see the Fiesta RS WRC driver seriously fighting Sebastien Loeb. We may even see the first Finnish world champion since Marcus Gronholm in 2002.
Imagine that, Loeb not winning the title...
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