There were two low points on last weekend's Rallye de France - three if you include a terror suspect being shot dead not far from our hotel - but the two that really caught the eye were both significant issues.
Mice. Two of them: one in Thursday night's restaurant and one on Sunday night. Sunday night's intruder had already suffered damage to its front-right (similar to Petter Solberg) and was finished with a not-exactly merciful smack over the head with a dustpan. The amazing thing about these two episodes was the way the French seemed entirely unmoved by the big-eared, short-legged ones.
The entire nation was, however, moved by another short-legged one.
Last year a lot of people turned out in Strasbourg to watch Rallye de France and were disappointed to see Alsatian Sebastien Loeb retire on the third stage. Sebastien Ogier did keep them amused for the remainder of the three days, but that wasn't really the point. Clearly, it was the wrong Seb and the wrong Citroen.
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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