The complete WRC season preview

The complete WRC season preview

A new World Rally Championship kicks off with next week's Monte Carlo Rally amid a genuine belief that somebody can stop Sebastien Loeb from taking an unprecedented ninth title. David Evans previews the season.

Okay, forget the last week or so. Forget the politics and the disappointments that have already overshadowed the start of the season. Let's focus on the positives – there are plenty of them.

Firstly, the Monte Carlo Rally is back in the World Rally Championship. After three years in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the French Alps event celebrates its 80th running by returning to the WRC, providing a classic start to what's likely to be a classic battle for this year's title.

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