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Can Evans win the race to replace Rovanpera in WRC 2024?

With the reigning champion only committing to a part-season, the door is open for someone else to top the pile in 2024. Can Toyota’s Elfyn Evans defeat a renewed Hyundai attack?

The World Rally Championship is still reeling from the shock announcement that world champion Kalle Rovanpera has gone part-time for 2024. As the dust begins to settle, one thing is clear – the title race is set to be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory.

There may only be a disappointing eight Rally1 cars on the entry list for this weekend’s Monte Carlo curtain-raiser, but the intrigue surrounding the title fight has rarely been higher thanks to Rovanpera’s mic drop at the end of 2023. The WRC’s 23-year-old superstar has seemingly forsaken the chance to go for a hat-trick of crowns to “recharge my batteries”. In the meantime, he will contest a half-season with Toyota, starting with round two in Sweden, before returning for a full-time championship attack in 2025.

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