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The key factor here is that the five manufacturers with pukka S2000 machinery are all in with a shout of winning rallies. If Skoda, Proton etc. entered the WRC they face a mountain to climb to take the game to Ford/Citroen, hence they prefer the IRC.
The only factor missing from the IRC is the presence of absolute top-notch drivers (the top four or five who can really drive quick) but below that, the IRC is every bit as good if not better than the WRC. Indeed, even the TV coverage is miles ahead & to the average guy in the street the IRC will, if it gets the marketing properly sorted, be the premier series.
I think the WRC need to wake up (& quickly).