FIA President Jean Todt addressed the media today to discuss the situation surrounding the World Rally Championship. The Monte Carlo Rally has begun without the championship having a confirmed promoter for the 2012 season.
Jean Todt said, “The ACM has been dealing directly with Eurosport and the result is quite pleasing.”
Yes — it is quite pleasing for the WRC to actually be on television for a change.
Earlier this week Sébastien Loeb said:
In France, it’s difficult to understand why there is an eight-time world champion, [and] there is Sebastien Ogier growing up to the top of the sport, but we don’t see anything in France of the race [on TV].
We lost our promoter, but last year we didn’t see anything in France anyway, so maybe it’s not bad.
I have to say I have been very impressed with Eurosport’s highlights programme. Arranged at very short notice, they have put together a brilliant programme. Already they are innovating with Simulcam, which merges two shots from the same camera to compare two drivers. It’s exactly the sort of thing rally coverage needs, and hasn’t really been getting up until now.
Eurosport get a lot of things wrong when it comes to scheduling and the like. But as I have indicated in a previous post, they have done such a great job with the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. And now they are impressing with their WRC coverage. Hats off to Eurosport.