WRC's cash/talent dilemma

WRC's cash/talent dilemma

These days rallying's top echelon survives almost exclusively on private funding - but what it should be doing, argues DAVID EVANS, is investing in the future to protect its teams and drivers

A decade ago, the unthinkable happened to Colin McRae - he was dropped by Citroen and left unemployed in the World Rally Championship for 2004.

Just eight years after winning his first world title and just five years after becoming the highest paid rally driver in WRC history, courtesy of a multi-million pound, sport-shaping deal with Ford, the Scot was out. In McRae's final full season, there had been six teams all paying frontline drivers good money. At least 16 drivers could rightly call themselves professionals in 2003.

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