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Anyone interested? The Monte Carlo Rally starts this coming Thursday. There are a number of new developments for 2017, including cars with more power and downforce, Toyota returning and reigning champion Ogier in the new Ford Fiesta for M-Sport after VW exited the sport.

I've always loved rallying, but this year has even more compelling reasons to watch. BT Sport are showing a live stage from 7pm on Thursday. Can't wait!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Just how much (or little) motorsport is there now available on the free channels? I wtach so little TV that I see no point in paying out for Sky, BT (don't even have a BT line into my house) etc
Nice Guy Eddie

I used to love the WRC but lost interest when Peugeot started dominating in the 206 with Grunholm. When you can't go down to the showroom and buy a car you've seen ragging around some forest it looses its appeal to me.

I'm also a bit confused as to what the manufacturers think they get out of the WRC. Do Hundai really sell more i20's or VW more Polos due to them competing, I mean its not like F1 which reaches a huge audience.
BeN

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I used to love the WRC but lost interest when Peugeot started dominating in the 206 with Grunholm. When you can't go down to the showroom and buy a car you've seen ragging around some forest it looses its appeal to me.

I'm also a bit confused as to what the manufacturers think they get out of the WRC. Do Hundai really sell more i20's or VW more Polos due to them competing, I mean its not like F1 which reaches a huge audience.


Agree. A lot of the appeal for me with 90s WRC is the fact that there are actual WRXs and Lancer Evos I can see on the road and potentially aspire to own one day.

Current age WRC does nothing for me sadly.
Frank Bullitt

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I used to love the WRC but lost interest when Peugeot started dominating in the 206 with Grunholm. When you can't go down to the showroom and buy a car you've seen ragging around some forest it looses its appeal to me.


Not a fan of Group B, then?

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I'm also a bit confused as to what the manufacturers think they get out of the WRC. Do Hundai really sell more i20's or VW more Polos due to them competing, I mean its not like F1 which reaches a huge audience.


Maybe no longer in the UK, but rallying is hugely popular in Europe and I assume other parts of the world.
Nice Guy Eddie

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I used to love the WRC but lost interest when Peugeot started dominating in the 206 with Grunholm. When you can't go down to the showroom and buy a car you've seen ragging around some forest it looses its appeal to me.


Not a fan of Group B, then?

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I'm also a bit confused as to what the manufacturers think they get out of the WRC. Do Hundai really sell more i20's or VW more Polos due to them competing, I mean its not like F1 which reaches a huge audience.


Maybe no longer in the UK, but rallying is hugely popular in Europe and I assume other parts of the world.


Of course I'm a fan, why, because you could buy a Quattro sport, 6r4, rs200, T16, S4 037 etc etc. Why would you not be a fan of group b. I still preferred group a truth be told.
Big Blue

Group B ruled! then the 2-litre turbo era in the 90s was also cool. I think the coverage in the UK is piss poor so it seems like there's little point or interest; a bit like Ice Hockey. Most of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, USA and Canada love hockey (to the extent they dispense with the "ice") and for many of them it's the national sport.

In the UK it's a pretty minor sport; NHL players get paid more than Premier League footballists.
Chocy Rocky

My interest has been renewed as Kyle got WRC3 for the xbox at Xmas and we've enjoyed playing it.

So I looked to see if any programmes were on and there is a short highlights on Motors TV each day. It's good enough but I don't know if it's a free channel.
Frank Bullitt

I have motors, but it's part of my Virgin package - BT Sport do excellent cover but I don't have that (yet)

Meekin well and truly stuffed his C3, the first couple of days seem to be showing a nice bit of variety at the top; imagine if F1 was remotely as interesting.

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