WRC boss over­joyed with view­ing num­bers for Wales Rally GB on ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion

Billy Cole­man con­tenders nar­rowed to eight

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Re­turn­ing Wales Rally GB’S pow­er­stage to ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion brought back fans at a record level last month.

More than 733,000 view­ers watched the live run­ning of the Brenig test on Chan­nel 5 – a num­ber which rep­re­sented a 71 per cent rise on the view­ing fig­ures for the same slot in the pre­ced­ing 13 weeks.

Across the board, Chan­nel 5’s WRC num­bers were 44 per cent higher for Wales than at the start of the sea­son.

WRC Pro­moter Oliver Ciesla said: “It has been many years since UK fans had the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy live World Rally Cham­pi­onship ac­tion on a main­stream free-to-air net­work.

“We’re de­lighted with the au­di­ence fig­ures from both the Sun­day pow­er­stage and also Chan­nel 5’s high­lights show the fol­low­ing evening.”

The nom­i­nees for this year’s Billy Cole­man Award have been an­nounced, with eight driv­ers in the reck­on­ing for a prize of over £40,000.

The five nom­i­nees are Cork ‘20’ win­ner Josh Mof­fett, Ford Es­cort Mk2 fron­trun­ner Gary Kiernan, Ir­ish Tar­mac R2 cham­pion Cal­lum Devine, South­ern Cham­pi­onship fron­trun­ner Eric Cal­nan and Laois Mini Stages win­ner Chris Arm­strong. They are joined by Na­tional Ju­nior cham­pion Gary Mc­namee, Shane Ken­neally of the Na­tional For­est Cham­pi­onship and wild­card Pa­trick O’brien, who was a fi­nal­ist along with Josh Mof­fett last year.

The nom­i­nees were in­ter­viewed yes­ter­day (Tues­day) and the win­ner will be an­nounced today. The win­ner will re­ceive the pres­ti­gious Billy Cole­man Tro­phy on December 3, won by Ju­nior Bri­tish rally cham­pion Rob Dug­gan in 2015.

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