Countdown to launch!

Final preparations are underway before next week's launch of the 2018 World Rally Championship at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, UK on 11 January.

A packed day of WRC activities will herald the opening of Europe’s biggest pre-season motorsport show, with reigning champion Sébastien Ogier the first WRC star to take to the Autosport main stage at 0900hrs on ‘Takeover Thursday’.

At 1030hrs, the four manufacturer teams representing Citroën, Hyundai, M-Sport and Toyota will provide an exclusive first look at their 2018 World Rally Car liveries.

All the leading drivers, co-drivers and team principals will be present to share their views on the new season, two weeks before Rallye Monte-Carlo (25 - 28 January) the opening round, gets underway.

Customer teams and support category competitors from WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC are also due to attend, along with a selection of the latest R5-spec cars. Volkswagen's much anticipated new Polo R5 [below] will be on show, as well as the latest WRC 2 eligible models from Proton, Skoda, Hyundai and Ford.

All cars will stay on display throughout the four-day show, with top drivers present during the remaining three days. A dedicated WRC stand will enable fans to get up to speed ahead of the season start, as well as experience the latest WRC 7 video game and browse the range of official WRC merchandise.

Can't make it in person? Don't panic. We'll be streaming the highlights live across WRC.com and our Facebook and YouTube channels.

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