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More than 100 hours of World Rally Cham­pi­onship cov­er­age is be­ing lined up for Bri­tish fans this sea­son – with Chan­nel 5 step­ping in as a front­line broad­caster.

Free-to-air Chan­nel 5 will screen an hour-long show at seven in the evening on the Mon­day af­ter ev­ery round of the cham­pi­onship, start­ing with its Monte Carlo Rally re­view next week.

In ad­di­tion to that, Chan­nel 5’s other sta­tion, Spike Net­work, will run all 14 mag­a­zine shows, of­fer­ing news and in­sight into the WRC on the Satur­day evening be­fore each round.

Chan­nel 5 will ramp up its cov­er­age for Oc­to­ber’s Wales Rally GB, when there will be an end-of-day high­lights show and the pow­er­stage will be screened live.

Di­rec­tor of pro­grammes at Chan­nel 5, Ben Frow said: “We are ex­cited to have such a fan­tas­tic sports brand to build on our grow­ing port­fo­lio of sports con­tent. The World Rally Cham­pi­onship at­tracts a hugely loyal au­di­ence and we look for­ward to show­ing ac­tion from ral­lies around the world.”

BT Sport con­tin­ues to of­fer in ex­cess of 65 hours of WRC, in­clud­ing nightly re­ports from ev­ery day of ev­ery round and 30 live stages. In ad­di­tion to the event timetabled cov­er­age, BT Sport will con­tinue to run ar­chive shows reg­u­larly. S4C’S Welsh lan­guage Ralio show will also re­turn, of­fer­ing fur­ther world cham­pi­onship cov­er­age.

Rally GB man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ben Tay­lor said: “Top class ral­ly­ing is one of the world’s most dra­matic sports and Chan­nel 5’s com­mit­ment will al­low United King­dom’s view­ers to fol­low more of the ac­tion as the WRC builds to­wards the leg­endary Welsh forests at the end of Oc­to­ber.”

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