WRC to kick off… in Birm­ing­ham

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK/NEWS AND ANALYSIS - DAVID EVANS

NEXT YEAR’S WORLD RALLY Cham­pi­onship will be launched at Jan­uary’s Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional, giv­ing the se­ries its high­est pro­file lift-off in his­tory.

Tele­vised live on Mo­tor­sport TV – and at­tended by all man­u­fac­turer teams and crews – the landmark launch will be the cen­tre­piece of the open­ing day (Thurs­day, Jan­uary 11) of next year’s ASI at the Birm­ing­ham NEC. The WRC will re­main at the heart of the event there­after, with fac­tory driv­ers on cen­tre stage and tak­ing part in all 13 Live Ac­tion shows.

Show direc­tor Kate Wood­ley said: “We re­ally are writ­ing his­tory for Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional and the WRC in Jan­uary. What an honour and a priv­i­lege to have ar­guably mo­tor­sport’s most ex­cit­ing se­ries in the world launched un­der our roof.”

Hav­ing reg­u­larly held the sea­son end­ing en­counter of the WRC in the form of Rally GB, Bri­tain will kick the se­ries off this Jan­uary. Re­cent Rally GB win­ner El­fyn Evans said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to it. It’ll be good to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent and it’s a great chance for the fans to come over and have a look – it’s good for Bri­tain to have a sec­ond ma­jor event in the WRC sea­son.”

Tick­ets for ASI are avail­able at www.au­tosport­in­ter­na­tional.com.

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