Statistics gathered by individual rallies from ticket sales and also local power information reveal an attendance in excess of 4.1 million fans across the 1-3 rounds — an extraordinary average of 315,000 for every single WRC weekend.

Since WRC Promoter took ownership of their championship’s firm rights at the start of both 2013, attendances have surged from 3.1 million across precisely the same amount of rounds — a growth in excess of 30 per cent.

As in 20 17, rallies in Argentina, Portugal and Mexico were the best-attended, as the conventional season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo has more than doubled its crowd figure to almost 200,000 since 2013.

“Indeed, in certain countries our rallies have proved to be the largest annual entertainment event, bigger than other athletic contests and attractions such as music festivals and industry fairs.

“Expanding the WRC into 14 rallies and also the debut of Chile into the 20-19 championship provides further scope for growth as a result of the excellent passion for motorsport we watch from fans in Latin America.

“These growing visitor numbers draw enormous benefits for WRC host cities and countries. The direct income given to the area market by federal and also worldwide visitors is significant,” included Ciesla.

The characters follow data published by individual analyst Nielsen Sports which revealed WRC’s global tv airtime and associated advantages, such as media worth such as WRC destinations, car manufacturers and sponsors, soared to record levels last year.

The three-way name fight between Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville and also Ott Tänak helped lift airtime into an unprecedented 14,208 hours along with an average TV audience in excess of 63 million each WRC event.

Despite the adverse effect of both February’s winter Olympic Games and football’s World Cup in June and July, 2018 had been the 2nd consecutive year in the WRC’s global TV audience topped 800 million.

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