To Monte Carlo from Birmingham: FIA World Rally Championship season to be launched at Autosport International.


To Monte Carlo from Birmingham: FIA World Rally Championship season to be launched at Autosport International.
  • 2020 cars to be seen together for the first time at Autosport International
  • Saturday, January 11th to be World Rally Championship themed day at Europe’s leading motorsport show
  • Opportunity for fans to meet the teams before Rallye Monte-Carlo season-opener

The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is one of the most challenging motorsport events in the world. The marathon 14-round season, with top drivers battling on a vast range of terrain and climate, will kick off in Birmingham, UK. 

Europe’s biggest motorsport show, Autosport International, has announced the 2020 season will be launched at the show.  The first public day of the show, Saturday 11th January, will be themed as ‘WRC Super Saturday’ and the stars from the big four manufacturer teams of M-Sport Ford, Hyundai Motorsport, Toyota Gazoo Racing and Citroën Racing will all unveil their 2020 challengers in front of tens of thousands of fans. 

Confirmed drivers for the 2020 season include Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi and six-time world champion Sébastien Ogier. The Autosport International launch event will also showcase WRC team principals, co-drivers and the up and coming stars of WRC 2, WRC 3 and the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.

Motorsport Network president James Allen said: “The WRC season launch is one of the undoubted highlights of the Autosport International Show. It’s increasingly rare for world championship level motorsport to offer fans such access to cars and stars. We are thrilled that the WRC has continued the initiative to open their season launch to the public and give show visitors an in-depth insight into what makes the WRC so special.

“Just one week after the launch, the very same stars and cars will travel from Birmingham to the French Alps ready for the opening round of the series, the Monte Carlo Rally, which starts on January 23. It is truly an opportunity for fans to mingle with their heroes on the eve of an epic global adventure.” 

Oliver Ciesla, WRC Promoter Managing Director said: “We are delighted to launch what promises to be another exceptionally competitive WRC season at Autosport International again. The first sight of newly-liveried 2020 World Rally Cars altogether, along with drivers and co-drivers appearing with their new teams for the first time, will set pulses pumping among the fans in the build-up to the opening round in Monte-Carlo a couple of weeks later. Autosport International marks the kick-off to the international motorsport season and WRC Super Saturday will provide the opportunity for our stars to talk about their hopes and ambitions for the forthcoming campaign, as well as giving fans access to their heroes and cars. I can’t wait!

Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network, one of the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related publishers, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards.

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