BTRDA rally cham­pi­onship sur­vives on TV for each round with re­newal of Spe­cial Stage Rally Re­view pack­age

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As well as the BRC scor­ing a new TV deal, one of Bri­tain’s ma­jor se­ries has saved it’s TV cov­er­age in the face of ad­ver­sity.

The BTRDA rally cham­pi­onship, which served as the most pres­ti­gious UK cham­pi­onship in 2015 thanks to the BRC’S hia­tus, will once again part­ner with Spe­cial Stage Rally Re­view.

While the deal isn’t in­creased cov­er­age – it’s ac­tu­ally a re­duc­tion from an hour to just a half-hour in length – it’s vi­tal for the club­man cham­pi­onship to re­main on screen in light of com­peti­tors giv­ing their spon­sors air time and mak­ing na­tional ral­ly­ing vi­able. The home of the cov­er­age – Mo­tors TV – is also avail­able on free view, mak­ing it more ac­ces­si­ble.

The re­newal has cer­tainly been pop­u­lar, with like­able pre­sen­ter Paul Wood­ford and pro­ducer Wayne Goldring (as well as the rest of the crew) be­com­ing per­ma­nent fix­tures; not just in the BTRDA but through other na­tional cham­pi­onships such as the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The BTRDA has suf­fered the loss of REIS, one of it’s ti­tle spon­sors, but the con­tin­ued back­ing of Spe­cial Stages and its TV cov­er­age is a wel­come and nec­es­sary move on be­half of the cham­pi­onship. Jack Benyon

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