Wales Rally GB welcomes new FIA WRC TV deal for UK programmes

Confirmation today (Wednesday) that coverage of the premier FIA World Rally Championship will be screened to UK audiences on free-to-air terrestrial television for the remainder of 2013 has been enthusiastically welcomed by International Motor Sports Limited, organiser of Wales Rally GB (14-17 November), Britains concluding round of the 2013 WRC. Following an agreement between WRC Promoter GmbH, the WRCs new commercial rights holder, and leading UK television network ITV all remaining rounds of the globe-trotting WRC will be broadcast on both ITV4 and ITV4 HD channels. The coverage actually started three months ago but only now has the programming for the full seasonincluding additional airtime for Wales Rally GBbeen confirmed. Highlights from all remaining rounds of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship will be featured in a series of action-packed, stand-alone, one-hour programmes and will be transmitted in the week following each WRC round. These programmes will also be available for subsequent repeat viewing as well as for additional exposure on mobile devices via the website and ITV Player. For Wales Rally GB two additional 30-minute highlight programmes will be broadcast on Friday and Saturday evenings during the event.This is fantastic news for the vast numbers of hard-core rally fans here in the UK as well as for a much wider television audience seeking some truly breath-taking entertainment, enthused Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of IMS. Top class rallying is one of the worlds most spectacular sports and now UK viewers can follow all the thrilling action as the WRC travels around the globe en route to whats going to be a fitting finale right here in the legendry Welsh forests. With its strong reputation for screening world-class sports such as the Champions League and the Tour de France, ITV4 is the perfect broadcaster for WRC. More importantly perhaps, these very welcome programmes will not only provide UK rally enthusiasts with free-to-air WRC coverage for the first time in five years but also help to introduce an all-new generation of thrill-seeking fans to whats possibly the most stunning form of motor sport.Reverting to its traditional end-of-season date, Wales Rally GB is the grand finale to this years 13-round WRC which commenced with the classic Monte Carlo Rally in January.