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Plenty to look for­ward to, de­spite the ob­vi­ous...

Let’s be hon­est. Un­less some­thing pretty dra­matic hap­pens – or the FIA passes yet more rules to try and stop him – Se­bastien Ogier will win this year’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship. But that doesn’t mean there’s noth­ing to get ex­cited about

First off, Kris Meeke is in a great po­si­tion in 2016. With­out any pres­sure, he can drop in with smash-and-grab raids on the se­ries while si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­vel­op­ing Citroen’s new C3 WRC in the way he wants it. I wouldn’t be sur­prised to see Meeke score a cou­ple of im­pres­sive re­sults, which would no doubt help build con­fi­dence ahead of The Big Push in 2017.

There’s also Craig Breen against Stephane Lefebvre. You’d say the French­man is in pole po­si­tion to be Meeke’s team-mate next year, but a fired-up Breen could well make Citroen’s de­ci­sion quite dif­fi­cult if he gets enough out­ings in the DS 3 WRC.

The Hyundai in­ter­est is two-fold. Will the Next Gen­er­a­tion i20 be the leap for­ward the squad hopes (and needs)? And can Thierry Neuville reestab­lish him­self against the up-and-com­ing force that is Hay­den Paddon?

Fi­nally, there is a lot of pres­sure at M-sport. It’s great the squad is do­ing the full year, but Mal­colm Wil­son will want Mads Ost­berg and/or Eric Camilli to prove the new Fi­esta re­ally is as good as he says it is. And Elfyn Evans will be aim­ing to prove Wil­son was wrong to drop him. An epic R5 fight with Skoda’s Es­apekka Lappi would cer­tainly help. Kevin Turner, Editor

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