IRC 2010 season preview

IRC 2010 season preview

Like NASCAR and the ALMS, the Intercontinental Rally Challenge kicks off its season with its biggest event - the Monte Carlo. The iconic event is the first of 11 on the schedule and David Evans looks ahead to the rest

One thing is certain at the start of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge: Kris Meeke is favourite. He has to be, but probably doesn't want to be. He's a defending champion with an awesome 2010 programme which could include every one of the 12 rallies.

As for the rest of the field, well, we don't actually know too much about who's doing what and when. The factory Skoda Fabias of Juho Hanninen and Jan Kopecky will certainly push Meeke all the way when they're out on the stages, but that's the frustration with this series: we don't know from one rally to the next who's going to be competing. The only thing we do know is that the main players are all going to be tackling at least seven rallies, given that they can count seven from the 12 rounds.

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