It sounds callous, but Sebastien Loeb breaking his arm was great news for the World Rally Championship.
No, of course I don't wish harm to the most successful rally driver ever. I hope the injury's not too painful, Sebastien, and I look forward to your rapid return to the WRC special stages.
But still, the Frenchman's fall from his mountain bike has been, er, a shot in the arm for the sport (sorry).
Why? Well, from its position on the verge of a breakthrough to the sporting mainstream, rallying has regressed to its former minority interest status. That's not Loeb's fault but his phenomenal success that deserves comparison with Michael Schumacher's sure hasn't helped.