All stages of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) are to be broadcast exclusively on BT Sport. Coverage starts this Wednesday.
The broadcaster has rights to show all 26 stages of the championship including the opener, the famous Rallye Monte Carlo.
The BT Sport WRC programming will run across BT Sport’s three channels, BT Sport 1 and 2, and ESPN. Coverage will include a preview and a review show for each rally and a daily highlights show.
The WRC itself pits cars and drivers against each other in a series of two, three or four-day events through some of the toughest and most varied conditions in the world. Road conditions vary from the snow and ice of Scandinavia to the stifling heat of Australia – over surfaces including packed ice, smooth asphalt and boulder-strewn rocky tracks.
BT Sport viewers will now be able to follow the fortunes of GB drivers Elfyn Evans and Kris Meeke as they battle it out for the 42nd annual drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship trophies in rallies spread across 13 countries and three continents.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “We are thrilled to be able to show the World Rally Championship, possibly the most demanding motorsport contest in the world. BT Sport can now offer viewers two of the biggest motorsport properties in the world, WRC and MotoGP. We will bring the viewers closer to the action, the drivers and the teams, with live and behind the scenes coverage.”
Oliver Ciesla, managing director of the WRC Promoter, said: “We are delighted with this exciting new partnership with BT Sport, a broadcast partner that will deliver extensive coverage of the WRC to rally fans in the UK throughout the entire season, with a strong focus on local drivers and on Wales Rally GB and with regular live programmes from all international events in 2014.”