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Blink And You Will Miss The WRC


The third round of the World Rally Championship has come and gone without a single UK broadcaster picking up the rights to show it – or so we thought. The good news is that, without any sort of fanfare, ITV4 have at least found the money to broadcast an hourly highlights show of every rally this year. IT STARTS TONIGHT!

If you’re interested in this branch of motor sport you will already know that Sebastien Ogier has just won Rally Mexico in his new Volkswagen Polo. That’s his second victory as he has already captured the Rally Sweden crown. The legend that is Seb Loeb won the Monte Carlo in January but as he has semi-retired it has left the field open for the other major teams and drivers.

Rally used to be big in the UK, in the days of the late great Colin McRae, but interest has waned as Loeb and the mighty Citroen team have dominated the sport so completely over the last decade. It would be churlish to suggest this was the only reason for the loss of interest but it is probably fair to say that the WRC had become a bit boring. Let us hope that major sponsorship and promotion from Red Bull will help to bring rally back from the brink of extinction.

Now that the fast Frenchman has backed off and some exciting new drivers are coming to the fore we can but hope that the sport will pick up. The return of VW and the impending resurrection of a Hyundai team will hopefully rejuvenate the formula. The advances in TV technology for broadcasters means that coverage can be much more immediate. The on-board footage is tremendously exciting.

The challenge for ITV4 and television in general is to find that added ingredient and portray rallying in a much more positive light. There are certainly problems with live coverage because of the international venues, world weather and so on but, as Eurosport showed a couple of years ago at the night-time Monte Carlo stages, it can be done and done well. There shouldn’t really be a problem for Rally Wales later in the year.

The ITV deal at least means that fans can enjoy a one hour highlights show of each of the remaining eleven events. They will be shown early on Tuesday evenings immediately following each rally with a repeat on Saturday mornings. ITV4 have done a marvellous job with the BTCC so let’s hope that the response to this coverage from fans will be immediate and that we can maybe hope for even better next year!

Next round Portugal 11-14 April – highlights ITV4 Tuesday 16/4.

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