WRC TV turns spotlight on WRC 2 with new highlights show
- 15th April 2016, 10:30pm
WRC TV will provide standalone highlights of the WRC 2 action from all future rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship following a surge in entries for the series’ principal support category.
Starting at next week’s Rally Argentina (21 - 24 April), the story of the weekend’s WRC 2 battle will be told in a bespoke round-up made available to broadcasters within hours of the Sunday finish.
Additional highlights can also be accessed via the WRC’s YouTube channel, the WRC+ interactive digital service, the official championship website at www.wrc.com and across the series’ social media platforms.
They will also be available for teams, rally organisers and media to share on their own outlets.
WRC 2 is regarded as the final stepping stone to the headline World Rally Car category and drivers including Robert Kubica, Eric Camilli and Stéphane Lefebvre have progressed via that route in recent seasons.
The category features R5 cars from the world’s leading manufacturers, including Citroën DS 3, Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Peugeot 208 T16, boasting performance close to World Rally Car level. Entries have increased consistently in the last few years and topped 60 drivers in 2015, spanning more than 25 nationalities.
The 2016 title battle is currently lead by Welshman Elfyn Evans ahead of Germany’s Armin Kremer and Finland’s Teemu Suninen. Strong challenges are expected from drivers including fellow Finn Esapekka Lappi, Swede Pontus Tidemand, Frenchman Quentin Gilbert and Qatari Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari as the season progresses.
“Rising entries and increasing fan interest in WRC 2 reflect the popularity and importance of the WRC’s support championships for drivers, teams and their commercial partners,” said WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla.
“The increased appeal is further indication of the positive development of our sport. As the European gravel rallies approach, where entries are traditionally at their strongest, we’ve been encouraged to offer fans more opportunity to enjoy the excitement of WRC 2.”
In addition to the new programmes, fans can enjoy more WRC 2 content on WRC+ at www.wrcplus.com, including a dedicated section featuring highlights of the category at all 2016 rounds. And since last month’s event in Mexico all WRC 2 drivers can be tracked in real time via GPS through every stage of every rally on the popular live maps feature. This is supplemented by live timing, live text and live radio.
“A bigger focus on WRC 2 across our outlets will generate increased global exposure, particularly in countries in which their leading rally stars are pursuing success in that category,” said Ciesla.
The WRC 2 highlights programme supplements WRC TV’s comprehensive suite of HD programmes from which broadcasters can choose. It features a magazine-style event preview, daily action highlights, an hour-long post-event report and live stages from all 14 rounds showcased by the crucial Sunday lunchtime Power Stage which closes every rally.
In addition, news updates highlighting the latest action and results are produced and issued twice daily during every WRC round.
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