The network has been reviewing the WRC since 2014, tracking the rise of young British drivers like Elfyn Evans and Gus Greensmith to become established stars of the WRC line-up.
After a series of razor-sharp battles for driver and manufacturer titles during this period, WRC Promoter, who owns the commercial rights to the championship, has extended its exclusive live broadcast partnership with BT Sport for another three years.
BT Sport will broadcast live every round of the championship. The new deal kicks off next season when the WRC ushers in an exciting new era of hybrid cars from Evans’ Toyota Gazoo Racing Team, Greensmith’s M-Sport Ford Team and Hyundai Motorsport.
The broadcaster will cover every special stage of every championship round as it happens. In addition, fans can enjoy expert analyzes of rallies, important interviews with the top stars and features behind the scenes.
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A pre-event magazine show, daily highlights capturing all the twists and turns of the leaderboard, and a post-rally review program are also part of the expanded agreement.
“British rally fans have celebrated and cheered for some outstanding moments over the years when they saw TV coverage of Colin McRae and Richard Burns bringing their coastal WRC championship glory,” said Philipp Maenner, WRC Media Rights Director Promoter.
“Now a new generation of British drivers are focused on emulating these amazing feats. I am delighted that as the WRC travels the globe competing in beautiful locations and in the toughest of conditions, BT Sport will continue to show the thrill and delicacy of each lap.
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“The introduction of sustainable hybrid technology in the WRC Headline category next year marks one of the greatest milestones in the history of the sport and this expansion means British fans will be there from the start.”
Rachel Knight, Sports Rights Director at BT Sport, said, “Today’s news not only expands our successful long-term relationship with WRC Promoter, it builds on our existing motorsport coverage of Moto GP, Extreme E and Moto E.
“BT Sport is passionate about sustainability and we want to become one of the most environmentally friendly broadcasters in the world. We therefore welcome the opportunity to present the groundbreaking hybrid development of the WRC from 2022. “