THE 2019 FIA World Rally Championship will blast into public view for the first time when the new season’s stars and cars are officially launched at Britain’s Autosport International Show on Saturday.
PHOTO: After their Birmingham debut in 2018, WRC crews and cars will return to the Autosport show for the 2019 launch on Saturday.
Crews, team principals and the cars due to start the championship at Rallye Monte-Carlo on 24 January will be on display.
Fan interest will be at its peak after a tumultuous off-season that saw Sébastien Ogier join Hyundai, Sébastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi move to Citroën, Kris Meeke to Toyota and a swathe of new co-driver signings, while M-Sport Ford and Hyundai appointed new team principals. Only Loeb and his co-driver Daniel Elena will be absent from the Birmingham show, as they’re competing in the Dakar rally in Peru.
Citroën, Hyundai and M-Sport Ford are expected to reveal all-new liveries, while Toyota’s will be updated.
Visit www.rallyaustralia.com.auagain this Sunday for a report on the WRC launch.
The 14-round season climaxes at Kennards Hire Rally Australia on the NSW Coffs Coast on 14-17 November.