"Brilliant" newcomer complicates WRC's calendar puzzle

The World Rally Championship already has more rallies than it can fit into a sensible schedule - even before it achieves its goals of establishing new events in target territories. The inaugural Rally Chile added a new factor to the debate

If ever there was a reason to turn your back on the Andes, this was it. Standing on top of the Pelun stage, staring down into the valley housing the Biobio river runs, was truly a great moment.

And it was just a moment. Moments later, the cloud that completed one of the most staggeringly beautiful views in the history of the World Rally Championship swept in to engulf us. What view? The temperature dropped and everything became just a little bit eerie.

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