You’d be forgiven for thinking the only thing going on in British motorsport, or world motorsport for that matter, was Jenson Button’s Formula One world championship win last Sunday.
But one of the FIA’s ‘other championships’, the World Rally Championship, is rolling into Wales this weekend for what could be the last edition of the Wales Rally GB (as Rally GB may be set to head back up north next year). Rallying is always a sport I’ve admired from afar, but have never had the chance to witness it first hand.
Well, I’m here in Cardiff (yes it’s raining) for a look behind the scenes at what goes on in the tormented world of the WRC. One of the reasons I think the WRC suffers from a lack of coverage in this country (aside from the lack of any real British heroes) is the fact it’s not particularly a television-friendly sport.
In a world of fast-paced football, cricket and rugby games on television, and of course the slick coverage the F1 receives on the BBC these days, viewers see sport as a commodity, which is hard-hitting, action packed and over before you know it. Rallying is of course two of these things, but due to its length and what casual viewers would consider a lack of actual racing, it’s difficult to package as a frontline sport on mainstream television.