The World Rally Championship (WRC) showcases some of the best racing, drivers and cars in the known motorsport universe. Trouble is that it’s always been a bit difficult to follow – especially if you don’t have a DSTV contract.
Well no more. Red Bull has just announced that they will be broadcasting the entire 2017 WRC campaign on their excellent live streaming platform, Red Bull TV. For free. There are no catches. All you need is a reasonably snappy internet connection and the ability to log onto redbull.tv via your laptop or smart television. Alternatively you can download the Red Bull TV app that’s available for both for iPhone and Android.
Presented by Mike Chen, Red Bull TV will be broadcasting live on Saturday from each event and will host three stunning new daily highlight shows that feature all the action. Co-presenting the action will be some of the biggest personalities in motorsport, lending a unique perspective to every rally. The first guest will be former F1 and Le Mans driver Mark Webber in Monaco.
All of the programmes will be free-to-air, and will include dedicated 20 to 30-minute highlights shows on the Friday and Saturday evenings of WRC events direct from the service park and a 30-40 minute Sunday evening wrap.
There will also be a 75-minute Saturday midday special featuring a live stage. This will enable viewers to enjoy unprecedented levels of exhilarating footage as they follow the action in real time from both inside and outside the cars, from the snow-lined speed tests of Monte-Carlo and Sweden to the high-altitude elevation of Mexico and the gruelling gravel forest tracks of Finland, Australia and Wales.
Engaging and informed presenters, news, interviews and gossip will set new standards in WRC broadcasting and bring fans closer to the high-octane action than ever – and heading into an exciting and unpredictable new era of faster and more powerful cars, myriad driver changes and the return of an ultra-successful WRC stalwart in the shape of automotive giant Toyota, the timing could not be any more apposite.
So, at least you’ve now got one good thing to look forward to next year. – Thomas Falkiner