I can’t wait for the WRC in 2017. The covers have been taken off the official cars and they are looking mad! First up was Hyundai, then M-Sport with the new Fiesta which now with Ogier behind the wheel should be a real force – looks the biz! Gazoo Racing have made the ho-hum Yaris look like a weapon. Latvala scored the second seat for Tommi’s team, while poor old Mikkelsen is still out in the cold. Citroen hasn’t unveiled the final version of the C3 WRC but the preview at the Paris Motor Show was a beast.
I was looking forward to seeing if Citroen could topple Volkswagen, but both Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport have proven that the sport will just rock on without them. The cars are going to lift the sport up a notch and it’s Volkswagen who will be missing out, although word has it that Nasser Al-Attiyah is working on a deal to buy the 2017 Polo R WRC from VW and run it as a privateer. Possibly a chance for Mikkelsen here?
More good news and a sign that there is going to be a boost for the sport with the new cars, Red Bull TV will cover all 13 rounds live in 2017. It will broadcast the live action on Saturday from every event as well as three evening highlights programmes from Friday to Sunday.
They are promising a ‘fresh and exciting’ approach with anchors Mark Webber (You know former Formula One Ocker) and experienced WRC journalist Mark Chen. “There will be dedicated presenters, news, interviews, features and gossip, setting new standards in WRC broadcasting.” the powerhouse drinks company has said.
32 Days and counting till Monte-Carlo!