What next for WRC?


Hold the front page! This weekend French savant Sebastien Loeb won the final stage of this year’s WRC in the Forests of Wales.

It may not be exactly a surprise, but it is fitting that the man who has dominated the sport’s current formula should finish the season on top – because the two litre turbocharged setup that has been at the forefront of world rallying is to end this year.

The changes are detailed at the WRC’s site here.

Beyond the technogeekery, it seems that the changes are not exactly revolutionary, to say the least.

If only, though, the FIA would bow to every petrol head’s secret wish – and bring back the brutal and dangerous group B phenomena that characterised the sport’s spectacular apogee in the 1980s.

We can’t corroborate our claims that the reintroduction of the no-holds-barred formula would represent universal appeal and put the sport at the forefront of things once more – but we reckon there is a massive constituency of folk out there who would love a return to balls-out bonkersness.

After all, without a modicum of danger, and a whiff of brutality, isn’t motorsport a contradiction in terms?