Courtesy of Red Bull TV Media Service
Saarbrücken, Friday 11 August, 2017
With slippery asphalt, changeable weather, a crazy mix of very varied stages, and around 1500 different types of sausage, Germany’s round of the World Rally Championship is a classic. For the first time in recent history, two drivers – M-Sport’s Sebastien Ogier and Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville – are tied on points at the top of the championship standings. It’s winner takes all in Germany!
Five facts about Rallye Deutschland:
> Rallye Deutschland is made from a trio of former national rallies rolled into one, so the three days have distinct identities. Day one runs on twisty vineyard roads, day two in the Baumholder military area (which is famous for its car-breaking kerb stones, known as ‘hinkelsteins’) and day three on fast and sweeping stages close to the French border.
> It helps to be called Sebastien: there have been 12 winners of Rallye Deutschland called ‘Seb’ – Loeb nine times (a record) and Ogier three times.
> The last time a rally car that wasn’t built in either France or Germany won Rallye Deutschland was back in 1999, courtesy of Armin Kremer. And home hero Kremer is back this year: in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
> After many years in the Roman city of Trier, Rallye Deutschland’s service park returns further south to the picturesque Bostalsee Lake not far from Saarbrucken, where it was based when it first joined the WRC in 2002. Sunday’s St Wendeler Land Power Stage finishes right next to the service park.
> Andreas Mikkelsen returns to Citroen. He missed Finland, but the Norwegian gets behind the wheel of a C3 WRC again in Germany, with more refinements as the French squad fights to get back on top.
Mike is back!
Following a month of painful recuperation after injuring his knee in Poland, Red Bull TV presenter Mike Chen is back where he belongs: in front of the cameras. Mike will be your guide – together with fellow WRC expert Matthew Wilson – to all the German action, with highlights shows from Friday to Sunday as well as a live show on Saturday from the Romerstrasse stage, starting at 11:50am local time on redbull.tv/wrc or the mobile app. “I was determined to be back for Germany, as it’s one of the most exciting rounds of the championship,” says Mike. “Now, did I miss anything?”
Technology on the screen
As well as cutting-edge technology on the cars, there’s some exciting new technology on Red Bull TV. Using real time data, Red Bull TV’s ‘live ghost’ feature allows comparisons between two competitors racing on the same stage, so you can see at a glance who’s faster, where, and how. Along with other innovations such as interactive stage maps, new technology brings the WRC action to life on TV like never before.
RED BULL TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Highlight Show (30 min.) Friday 18 August 22:00 (local time)
Live Coverage SS12 (75 min.) Saturday 19 August 11:50 (local time)
Highlight Show (30 min.) Saturday 19 August 22:00 (local time)
Highlight Show (30 min.) Sunday 20 August 22:00 (local time)