Manufacturers representing Citroën, Hyundai, M-Sport Ford and Toyota provided a very first public look at their 2019 World Rally Cars because the quartet prearranged sidebyside at the WRC season launch.
Close season signings, fresh motorist and co-driver ventures, familiar pairings and team prosecution introduced fresh liveries in their cars throughout the WRC’s very own Super Saturday at Autosport International show.
Each motorist also disclosed his 2019 contest number, a brand new feature allowing all drivers to select their individual permanent automobile number for its year.
Interviews allowed the WRC stars to talk with enthusiastic fans their enthusiasm about the brand new season, 12 days prior to the esteemed Rallye monte carlo (24 – 27 January) ushers at the opening action, plus they spent some time signing autographs, posing for selfies and fulfilling show-goers.
Highlights included the very first public appearance in Citroën Total World Rally Team shades of Ogier and fellow new registering Esapekka Lappi.
Kris Meeke appeared with fresh co-driver Seb Marshall and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Yaris World Rally Car, while Hyundai Shell Mobis and M-Sport Ford World Rally Teams unveiled new liveries in the 2019 challengers.
A full evening of WRC activities also included appearances by support category drivers out of WRC 2 and Junior WRC.
WRC Promoter managing manager Oliver Ciesla said the launch provided a marvellous chance to flaunt the 2019 WRC.
“WRC’s Super Saturday was a resounding victory and we welcomed tremendous crowds to the WRC area to present the 2019 cars and raise anticipation ahead of the opening around,” he said.
“Seeing the enthusiasm on the faces of fans as they met their personalities emphasized what this form of people event methods to people and emphasised the continued growing profile of WRC. ”
Additional major information from launch afternoon contained:
WRC+ Each Of Live starts Spanish variant
The WRC’s revolutionary All Live television programme will enlarge in 2019 to incorporate a Spanish language version.
After its introduction 12 weeks ago, All Live transformed how the WRC is broadcast. Fans enjoyed unprecedented live coverage of every unique period from every round in a English language flow, on www.wrcplus.com.
All Live will introduce a specialist team to present Spanish opinion of the magnificent activity from all 14 rounds.
“Following a wonderful inaugural season, we’ve reacted to the requests of the Spanish fans in Europe and Latin America by adding another vocabulary to All Live so they really can enjoy the thrills and spills of this WRC within their native language,” he further added.
Wolf sponsors Power Stage at all 14 rounds
Independent lubricant specialist Wolf will become the title partner for its rally-closing Power Stage at all 14 rounds of the 2019 championship.
The company, which in September signed a long-term agreement to turn into the WRC’s official lubricant partner, will enjoy outstanding TV vulnerability around Sunday lunchtime’s exciting bonus points-paying finale to each rally.
The Antwerp-based producer was founded in 1955 and has become a leading name within the market, leading to tailored, technology-enhanced lubricants.
COPEC Rally Chile (9 – 12 might ) relies in Concepción and is now the sixth largest round of a enlarged 14-round championship. It creates the next half of a magnificent double header with Argentina, contributing to south America’s burgeoning portfolio of world-class motorsport.
Auto-Doc becomes WRC partner
Online car parts sales company Auto-Doc has been the latest superior partner of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Berlin-based Auto-Doc, Europe’s market leader in the selling of car parts on line, will gain from prominent TV reliability and support park branding at all European rounds.
It will also enjoy comprehensive online activation on your official wrc.com web site and also the WRC’s growing social networking programs, as well as breath taking paid-for videos to use on Auto Doc ’s own stations.