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Rally legends Sebastien Loeb and Nicky Grist are your Red Bull TV guides to the muddy action on Wales Rally GB, where the WRC titles could be decided
Deeside, Tuesday 24 October 2017
Multiple world champion Sebastien Loeb, a three-time winner of Rally GB from 2008-2010, will be your guide to the action on Red Bull TV, bringing his specialised insight into these classic stages. We also benefit from some local knowledge thanks to Nicky Grist: a proud Welshman who co-drove for Colin McRae and is also well-known for being the distinctive voice of ‘Colin McRae Rally’. They will star alongside show host Mike Chen, while regular WRC expert Matthew Wilson is back behind the wheel!
What do you need to know?
*M-Sport Ford Fiesta driver Sebastien Ogier heads into Wales Rally GB, the penultimate round of the 2017 World Rally Championship, with a chance to seal his fifth consecutive title.
*The M-Sport team led by Malcolm Wilson could take their first constructors’ title for 10 years – and their very first title as a privateer outfit.
*With foggy forests, muddy stages, and extreme weather, Great Britain is one of the hardest and most unpredictable rallies of the year – where legends are born.
*Finnish young gun Kalle Rovanpera passed his driving test on October 1 – the day after his 17th birthday – and can now make his WRC debut. He will drive an M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 in Britain and Australia.
What do Ogier and M-Sport have to do to win the titles this weekend?
As long as Neuville doesn’t score more than seven points more than Ogier in Britain, and Tanak doesn’t score more than six points, then the Frenchman is world champion for the fifth consecutive time. He can guarantee it whatever happens by winning Rally GB this weekend, or by finishing second and taking maximum points on the Power Stage. If Ogier wins Rally GB for the fifth time, he’ll also become the most successful driver in the history of the event.
To see what Sebastien thinks about his prospects, watch his exclusive interview with Red Bull TV!
Dream team of drivers and co-drivers show you all the action
Here are Nicky Grist’s pace notes about what to look out for on Rally GB:
“Surface changes“: What you see is not always what you get. The surface can change a lot, and there can be more or less grip than first appears, which means that sometimes you have to take some quite unusual lines. If you have a dry recce and then it rains on the rally, that can be particularly tricky.”
“Low visibility“: In the early morning and late evening stages, it can be dark with a lot of fog. I remember many occasions when the fog was so bad, you could see more by switching off your driving lights completely. When it’s like that, you really have to trust your pace notes.”
“Unique atmosphere”: Coming at the end of the year, with the championship at stake, there’s always an incredible atmosphere of drama and tension on Rally GB. Things jut tend to happen there. When I was with Colin, you could hear the cheering and support from the fans from inside the car.”
”A title fight with a twist“: I reckon Ogier will win the championship on Rally GB, but not the rally. We could see a surprise there. In these pressurised situations, with four titles already behind him, this is where experience really counts.”
Check out Nicky’s Rally GB predictions!
Matthew Wilson has been Red Bull TV’s WRC expert this year, but for his home rally he gets back where he belongs: at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5, complete with a delicious livery from Tunnocks (official cake supplier to M-Sport)! We’ll be catching up with Matthew during the rally, and – as Mike Chen also contested Rally GB last year – the presenter line-up will be 100% formed from former competitors…
Red Bull TV times: highlights, live shows and exclusive features
Catch Sebastien and Nicky, together with show host Mike Chen, on redbull.tv/wrc or via the Red Bull TV app. Saturday’s live programme comes direct from “Gartheiniog 2”, bringing you all the SS12 action as it happens. The show also features cutting-edge technology such as the live ghost feature, which displays rally drivers ‘racing’ each other in real time. Exclusive to Red Bull TV.
Highlights show (30 min.) – Friday 27 October – 22:00 (local time)
Live coverage SS12 (75 min.) – Saturday 28 October – 11:50 (local time)
Highlights show (30 min.) – Saturday 28 October – 22:00 (local time)
Highlights show (30 min.) – Sunday 8 October – 22:00 (local time)
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