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A re­freshed route will greet the World Rally Cham­pi­onship’s finest this week­end

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It is time to un­pack the ther­mals and head for Wales for the an­nual trip to see the best in the busi­ness thread their way through some of the tough­est tests this is­land has to of­fer. And make no mis­take, this year’s con­test is go­ing to be one of the most in­tense on these shores for sev­eral years.

There is no one car and driver com­bi­na­tion which is dis­ap­pear­ing up the road this year. There are three men go­ing ham­mer-and-tongs at it for the world cham­pi­onship, and all of them are able to head into this week­end’s event in with a de­cent claim that they will be the man with the ul­ti­mate pace. All bets are off.

One of them in the hunt is cer­tainly Se­bastien Ogier in the M-sport Ford Fi­esta, one of his last ap­pear­ances with the Cum­brian team. His choice of Citroen for 2019 is one that was some­thing of a sur­prise in terms of its cur­rent level of com­pet­i­tive­ness, and it is a real kick in the teeth for Mal­colm Wil­son. If Ford had lis­tened to his pleas for help, then this would never have hap­pened. It means the land­scape of the WRC will look very dif­fer­ent in­deed in 2019. Matt James, Edi­tor (Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

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