So, the island of Ireland is bound for the World Rally Championship again. According to those lining the Ulster streets last week, it has to be. I know because I was there among them.
And I couldn't agree more. You almost had to feel sympathy for the European Rally Championship - the Circuit of Ireland's calendar host for this season - in the way the series was entirely overshadowed by a single event.
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