For 2017, WRC and their parent group, the FIA, announced new vehicle regulations. The new regulations brought more OEM involvement, and more teams. The vehicles are more powerful and are suppose to bring back some of the magic of Class B rally cars. And with all that, the sport is suppose to attract a wider audience and increase press coverage.
While the cars are not exactly Group B, the rest of the plan worked. Until the first day of the first race that is. That is when a sad accident occurred which cost a spectator his life.
This short article on the Axis of Oversteer discusses the accident and its aftermath, its impact on the race, the cars, and the spectators. It is really worth your time to read it.
Respecting the motorsport community means spectators, like drivers, have to use their brains take responsibility for there [sic] actions.