How to bring “Live” to the World Rally Championship?

  • I’m sure many WRC fans tuned in last year when the French round was broadcast live on TV for several hours. My only gripe with this broadcast was that often the video coverage were doing an interview while the World Rally Radio commentry was still continuing. Apart from that small annoyance it was fantastic to see the cars going through the stages. They even managed to live-stream in-car footage for areas where they could not have camera men on the ground and the helicopter was unable to see (e.g. in forests).

    I disagree that a summary show is of as little use as you say here. There are plenty of times when I will have no option to follow the action due to either work, other engagements or simply because I’m asleep (Australia rarely has WRC events in a good time slot!). I think it is great to see and hear the cars while being given a summary of how the day progressed.

    I agree that tracking cars live on the stage would be an awesome way to connect online and certainly something that could be achieved. Again, the WRC.com website did have maps up in the lead up to last year’s events showing the stages. It was great to get a better idea of exactly what stages looked like. If these maps could be enhanced with the live tracking data it would be great.

  • Michael Spencer

    You can get access to the tracking through the Nokia app. Granted not everyone has that platform of phone, but it is a cracking app.

    As for the rest, well, the Power Stage has shown it’s all technically feasible and can be very entertaining, but as always, I’m sure it comes down to cost.

    Who’s going to pay for it?


  • Adrian Clark:

    I disagree that a summary show is of as little use as you say here. There are plenty of times when I will have no option to follow the action due to either work, other engagements or simply because I’m asleep (Australia rarely has WRC events in a good time slot!). I think it is great to see and hear the cars while being given a summary of how the day progressed.

    Only after I published this article I saw I forgot to reiterate my position on current daily WRC reports on TV – I do not find them useless, but I strongly believe WRC and FIA should seek out ways to expand WRC coverage beyond just these reports. Thanks for your comment.

  • Alex

    As for the coverage on the TOUR de FRANCE they follow the athletes for hours and hours and its all live, so there is much that can be done in WRC.

  • In the United States the rally/rallycross community is becoming larger. Due to the current and future gas prices, consumers are going to look at getting smaller cars. We are seeing this trend at this time in the states. If you have the ability to watch an exciting event with reporters (Colin Clark) comes to mind that make the event exciting people will get hooked. I’m hooked and I just listen on the radio, but can’t wait to get a video to see the whole thing. If you make the footage like a movie people will be chewing at the bit to see the next series. We need drama, we need excitement, we need a memorable tune, we need to know the players and a little about their lives, we need to see the excitement on the fans faces, we need to see drama when someone loses. Make it like a movie series and people will come……

  • Having an app allowing you to track the rally is an awesome idea, and also good for the service crew so they know where there drivers are.

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