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The rally that made WRC's calendar a battleground

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The World Rally Championship's drawn-out calendar battle centred on a small French island. With new arrivals expected in the near future, a rematch over Corsica between the FIA and the WRC Promoter is set.

Germany's out. Corsica's in. No, no, no. Corsica's out, Germany's in.

What about Chile? Definitely in. Japan? Nailed on. So Corsica, out then, crikey...

Thursday last week; Corsica in. Germany out? No.

Japan. Japan not so nailed on.

The current shenanigans in the selection of next year's World Rally Championship calendar have crystallised what's becoming an increasingly difficult relationship between motorsport's governing body the FIA and WRC Promoter.

The promoter wanted Japan, the FIA wanted Corsica. We got Corsica (by one vote).

And, whichever way you cut it, the promoter was firmly put back in its box.

I've got to be honest, I can see a very good case for both rallies. I love Corsica. Anybody who loves the WRC must have a soft spot for classics such as the French island event.

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