The World Rally Championship will remain on free-to-air television in Australia for the next three years after SBS Television agreed on a three-year deal with the ISC, the global media and commercial rights holder for the WRC. 

The season coverage, which began yesterday at 1pm, will offer a one hour highlights program of all 16 roudns of the championship, as well as mid-season and end of season reviews.

The FIA World Rally Championship is, after Formula 1, the second most popular televised four-wheeled motorsport. Worldwide audience figures for WRC have grown consistently in recent years, up 44% since 2002 to an accumulative audience during 2005 of 800 million viewers across 186 countries. 

"The WRC is such a high quality production, featuring the most experienced drivers and gruelling roads throughout the world which makes for great entertainment for our audiences,” SBS Head of Sport, Ken Shipp, said. 

"In the SBS tradition of broadcasting THE major events for the sporting genres it covers, such as the Tour de France (cycling), IAAF World Athletics Championships and the FIFA World Cup in football, a recognisable global event of the calibre of the WRC only serves to complement the SBS Sport programming line-up," he added. 

The remaining 15 events in the 2007 WRC will be televised as follows:

:: Sunday 18 February
:: Sunday 25 February
:: Sunday 18 March
:: Sunday 8 April
:: Sunday 13 May
:: Sunday 27 May
:: Sunday 10 June
:: Mid-season review on Sunday 17 June.

The WRC will then resume on:-

:: Sunday 12 August
:: Sunday 26 August
:: Sunday 9 September
:: Sunday 14 October
:: Sunday 21 October
:: Sunday 4 November
:: Sunday 25 November
:: Sunday 9 December
:: End of year review on Sunday 16 December.

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