The French have done it again. Where there is brilliance, some see only setbacks, snags and hinderance. Simultaneously straightforward, simple, stupid and silly. One man's viande is another man's poison. Corsica has provided plenty of both with its first World Rally Championship itinerary since 2008.
I'll admit it, when I heard about a 35-miler running through Friday evening as a 'welcome home' to the WRC, I was delighted at the prospect of returning to Porto-Vecchio.
Be it memories of waiting at a petrol halt in St Clears on a frosty December night, mid-way through a classic Cilwendeg too many years ago, or the prospect of seeing Sebastien Ogier light up the Corsican lanes in October, I'm all for a race through the night.