Following the announcement that FIA World Rally Championship fans will be getting increased coverage of the championship via the WRC+ service, WRC Promoter have announced improved broadcast deals with both ITV4 and BT Sport for the season ahead.
Both broadcasters will feature coverage from all 13 rounds which begins this weekend at Rallye Monte-Carlo with the addition of the Welsh language network S4C also reporting on the series.
WRC is going through an increased period of interest with British fans getting behind Kris Meeke and Elfyn Evans.
“It’s a huge vote of confidence for our sport that both broadcasters were eager to renew their commitment to WRC for 2015,” said Oliver Ciesla, managing director of commercial rights holder WRC Promoter.
“WRC Promoter has developed new TV programmes during the last two seasons, especially Sunday’s live TV Power Stage, and the feedback we have received from both ITV4 and BT Sport during our negotiations have been extremely positive.
“Britain is a hugely important market for WRC and we’re delighted that fans will continue to see the excitement and extreme action that the championship offers. It’s great news for them,” added Ciesla.
ITV4 will feature an hour-long highlights package following each round in a prime-time Tuesday evening slot with additional daily programmes for the season closing Wales Rally GB. The highlights will be repeated on the following Saturday plus increased coverage at ITV.com.
BT Sport will be broadcasting live stages from all 13 rounds plus additional event previews and post-rally highlights. Like ITV, BT Sport will increase its programming around Wales Rally GB.
In addition to the announced coverage BT Sport will also air classic programming featuring former British world champions Colin McRae and Richard Burns.