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The Definitive 2006 WRC Preview

The 2006 World Rally Championship will take off next weekend at Monte Carlo, with new technical regulations, only two works teams, and a new 'Manufacturer 1' and 'Manufacturer 2' categories. Yet this season promises an epic three-car title battle and possibly the best rallying seen in recent years. Tim Redmayne offers a thorough WRC season preview - the teams, the drivers, the rules, and answers to the frequently asked questions

No works efforts from Peugeot, Citroen, Skoda or Mitsubishi. New technical regulations. New 'Manufacturer 1' and 'Manufacturer 2' categories. A two-month summer break.

Yes, the 2006 version of the World Rally Championship will be unlike anything seen in the sport in recent years, and many with pick holes in a championship with just two works manufacturers left and a significant lack of driving strength in depth at the highest level. Yet underneath all that there is a mouthwatering prospect of an epic three driver, three car world title fight, which is just too close to call.

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