Fantastic writing in the bold paragraphs and in fact throughout the article!
I'm looking forward to playing this, it has been such a long time since a 'proper' rally game/sim has been released.
I know others may be very critical of Codemasters using Early Access but I think it's perfect. I get to play the game earlier and for cheaper, Codemasters gets my feedback and those buying the game when it is complete hopefully have a better experience for it.
And when it comes to the first proper rally sim in years, I think that the biggest priority is to get a game released that sets the new standards, much in the way that RBR did.