WRC To Launch 2018 Season At Autosport International Show

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The World Rally Championship have announced that they will launch their 2018 season at the Autosport International Show which takes places at Birmingham’s NEC Arena from January 11-14, 2018.

In it is the first time that the WRC have launched at Autosport International in the show’s 27 year history and it is an extremely exciting time for both the show and the sport which is gearing up for it’s final round of the 2017 season, Rally Australia.

M-Sport driver Sebastien Ogier was crowned WRC drivers champion at Rally GB two weeks ago while M-Sport were crowned Constructors champions so it will be a fantastic home coming for the British based team and a fantastic way to kick start the 2018 season.

All of the WRC teams, drivers, and cars will attend the show with M-Sport, Citroen, Hyundai and Toyota parading their new cars on the Autosport main stage over the course of Thursday’s opening day of the show.

Speaking about the news, M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans, who won Rally GB, commented by saying:

The Autosport show is something that, certainly the likes of myself, Kris [Meeke], Craig [Breen] and all of our co-drivers, have grown up with and it’s a good show in its own right. There’s a bit of everything from across all aspects of motorsport and for the World Rally Championship to be right at the heart of that is very good news.

M-Sport Team Principal Malcolm Wilson is absolutely delighted that the WRC has been given the opportunity to showcase what the sport has to offer at Autosport, the Englishman commented by saying:

I’ve been going to Autosport International since it began and it really is seen, industry-wide, as the start of the season, so to have an event with this sort of global reach is fantastic for the World Rally Championship. Coming at it from the other side, I’ve always championed more rally content at Autosport International and next year we’re going to have more than ever!

The WRC will have a dedicated stand at the show where fans can get up to speed with the 2018 regulations and schedule. Speaking about the news, Autosport and Motorsports News rallies editor David Evans commented on the news saying:

I’ve always seen Autosport International as the perfect place to launch the World Rally Championship, so I’m delighted to see these plans coming to fruition next year. As a journalist in the World Rally Championship, the opportunity to have all the teams, drivers, co-drivers, team principals and even some of the cast of the support series in one place two weeks ahead of the opening round of the 2018 season Monte Carlo, is manna from heaven. But as a member of Autosport and Motorsport News, it’s a with a huge sense of pride that we will all welcome the World Rally Championship to the NEC in January. 

“Just three months after enjoying arguably the most thrilling Wales Rally GB ever, Britain will host the start of what’s certain to be another exceptionally competitive year. And, what’s even better is that fans can come along and see their heroes up close throughout the four days of Autosport International.

WRC Promotions managing director, Oliver Ciesla commented on the news saying:

What better occasion to kick-off next year’s FIA World Rally Championship than at the fantastic Autosport International, which is rightly regarded as the start of the new motorsport season.

“It provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the 2018 WRC, featuring the impressive World Rally Cars which have proved such a massive attraction to fans this year, and all the leading drivers from our manufacturer teams.

“Thursday at the show will truly be a WRC takeover, but fans attending later in the weekend will still have the opportunity to whet their appetite for the season ahead as the cars will remain on display and there will be plenty of driver appearances.

The launch takes place just two weeks before the start of the 2018 WRC season with the Monte Carlo Rally.

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