Oliver Ciesla interview ahead of the WRC Rallyes start in Monte-Carlo

21.01.2020: • 2020 FIA International Rally Championship season opens in Monte-Carlo

• Refreshed calendar emphasises method to additional globalise collection

•       2020 FIA International Rally Championship season opens in Monte-Carlo

•       Refreshed calendar emphasises method to additional globalise collection

•       Rebrand for reputable wrc.com site and WRC+ All Reside platforms

Forward of the beginning of the 2020 FIA International Rally Championship on the iconic Rallye Monte-Carlo (23 – 26 January), WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla seems ahead to a aggressive season, full of thrilling inventions.

The go back of vintage rallies in Kenya and New Zealand, in addition to a new-look tournament in Japan, are highlights of the 2020 calendar. Why have you ever selected 3 incoming rallies from out of doors Europe?  

OC: We would have liked to additional globalise the WRC through that includes extra occasions out of doors Europe. It’s the primary time the WRC has incorporated six continents – Europe, North The united states, South The united states, Asia, Africa and Australasia – in its 48-year historical past.

Japan’s comeback, mainstream Asia’s first look for 10 years, and the go back of Kenya’s Safari Rally, one among motorsport’s mythical contests, supply a presence on the planet’s biggest two continents through dimension for the primary time in additional than 20 years.

Have you ever had quite a few certain feedback about Rally New Zealand?

 
OC: Sure. After all, New Zealand calls for no creation. It has an extended and a success WRC heritage and its flowing and cambered easy particular phases close to Auckland will likely be one of the crucial yr’s prime issues.

right here has been quite a few drivers converting groups for 2020. What does that imply for the championship?

A: It’s been one of the crucial busiest switch instances lately. The massive surprises, after all, have been Ott Tänak transferring to Hyundai and Sébastien Ogier changing him at Toyota.

At the side of different strikes, corresponding to Elfyn Evans becoming a member of Toyota and Esapekka Lappi changing him at M-Game Ford, those transfers convey unpredictability and pleasure for the brand new season as drivers settle into their new groups and automobiles.

Why can producers now input a 2nd workforce?

A: Producers can input the championship with an extra single-car workforce which carries a separate identification. It’s a chance for them to box a fourth automobile, underneath a distinct entrant identify, to attain issues within the producers’ championship.

Tactically, producers can deploy this additional workforce to deprive their opponents of important issues. This, after all, additionally brings the potential of extra International Rally Vehicles on our occasions.


What adjustments were made to the make stronger championships?

OC: WRC 2 is the principle make stronger class and the most important feeder for competition focused on the overall step to a International Rally Automotive force. It’s for manufacturer-backed groups and groups licensed through the FIA and makes a speciality of R5 automobiles. The newly-introduced WRC Three is the same, with the exception that it’s designed for privateer drivers handiest.

And, after all, the Junior WRC, which hosts the celebrities of the long run, remains because the entry-level collection. We can supply extra media protection for the entire make stronger championships this yr to additional advertise the original pro-am personality of WRC occasions.


In a time of huge adjustments to the media panorama, is there nonetheless a robust pastime in WRC from TV broadcasters?

OC: Sure. WRC’s international TV target audience stays robust and totalled greater than 800 million as soon as once more in 2019. We have now thrilling free-to-air broadcast companions in 2020.

In Britain, we have now finished a brand new multi-year settlement with ITV4, Finnish community YLE has prolonged its contract mid-term till 2022 and we have now additionally extended with TVE in Spain. We additionally proceed with pay-TV networks Canal+ in France and DAZN in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. 

There are large adjustments to the WRC’s virtual presence? Are you able to let us know extra?

A: The WRC has an all-new championship site at wrc.com. This bureaucracy a part of a significant championship rebrand which sees the creation of orange because the WRC’s new color scheme. The site, which is introduced for Monte-Carlo, has stepped forward capability for fanatics and incorporates the entire necessities corresponding to are living timing, movies, information, are living textual content updates from rallies and the WRC store.

Remaining yr we registered 2.Three billion impressions at the reputable social media channels of the WRC, the groups and drivers, with greater than 300 million video perspectives, and I’m assured that determine will keep growing. In 2019 the WRC producers have been discussed on-line 40 according to cent extra regularly than the former yr.

WRC+ stays a key a part of the WRC’s virtual providing?

 
OC: Sure, WRC+ All Reside continues to head from energy to energy. The All Reside platform has additionally been refreshed with a brand new format and design to verify it has the similar appearance and identification because the site. All Reside will proceed to broadcast each and every particular level from each and every spherical, in addition to key interviews, options and skilled research from the provider park. Lovers can as soon as once more experience greater than 25 hours of are living protection from every spherical, or experience it afterward call for on every occasion and anyplace they would like.

Having a look additional into the long run, what adjustments are deliberate?

OC: Pirelli will go back to the championship because the unique tyre provider for manufacturing facility groups from 2021 – 2024. Pirelli hasn’t equipped works automobiles on the most sensible point since 2010 so this can be a nice motivator for them. Paintings continues with the FIA, producers and ourselves forward of the creation of environmentally-friendly hybrid automobiles in 2022. There will likely be extra to announce because the season progresses. 


Subsequent rally: Rallye Monte-Carlo, 23 – 26 January 2020.

 

Mark Wilford- pictures WRC Promotere

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