Cir­cuit live stream at­tracted 100,000 view­ers

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The Cir­cuit of Ire­land has be­come one of the world’s most watched ral­lies, courtesy of its live in­ter­net stream­ing.

The Belfast-based rally showed live cov­er­age for the two main days of com­pe­ti­tion and has been re­warded with 100,000 fans tun­ing in around the world in more than 130 coun­tries.

Event di­rec­tor Bobby Wil­lis made a sig­nif­i­cant per­sonal in­vest­ment to un­der­write the live stream­ing and is de­lighted with the re­sults.

Wil­lis said: “Stream­ing was some­thing that I pushed hard to do, and I re­ally be­lieve that it’s the fu­ture of ral­ly­ing. No one else has at­tempted this, partly be­cause of the costs in­volved but also be­cause of the lo­gis­tics. It was a huge un­der­tak­ing and the back­room team who made it hap­pen were all lo­cal peo­ple.

“It was fan­tas­tic to show off North­ern Ire­land like this, not just our beau­ti­ful scenery and the rally’s de­mand­ing spe­cial stages, but to be able to do it with a team of home­based IT spe­cial­ists is a mea­sure of the tal­ented peo­ple we have here. I think we have raised the bar to new heights in the cov­er­age of ral­ly­ing.”

Craig Breen and Scott Martin won the event in a Citroen DS 3 R5.

Cir­cuit of Ire­land pro­vided suc­cess­ful TV cov­er­age with live stream

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