A round-up of the stories that are making the news in the WRC today:
- World Rally Championship leaders Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia will lend their support to some of the sport’s rising stars on 28 July, when they lead a Rally Finland master class for this year’s Junior WRC drivers. The pair won the Junior WRC title in 2008 – an achievement Ogier says helped them secure a WRC contract with Citroen.
Ogier said: “As a young driver it’s great to have the chance to learn from top drivers – I often spoke with Sébastien Loeb and his advice helped me improve a lot. It seems crazy only five years later to be one of the drivers giving the advice! There’s a lot of information to take in when you first start out, but if you can stay focused off as well as on the stages, you can pick up useful tips that’ll stay with you forever.”
- WRC fans who are also into aerobatics, the X Factor and AC/DC are in for a treat at Coates Rally Australia. Organisers of the tenth round of the World Championship have announced a quality line-up of support acts for the new Brelsford Park Rally Hub in Coffs Harbour that also hosts the WRC Service Park and Super Special Stage. Event Manager David Catchpole has promised ‘a huge party, combining awesome rally action and musical and extreme-sport entertainment to thrill every spectator’ at the event, which runs from 12-15 September.
Entertainment includes the Royal Australian Air Force aerobatic display team, Freestyle Moto-X, featuring X Games gold medallist and Nitro Circus star Cam Sinclair, Samantha Jade from the 2012 Australian X Factor and the Thunderstruck AC/DC tribute band. Find out more details here.
- With most of Europe sweltering in a summer heat wave, allow us to present the WRC way to keep your car cool. Available now from wrcclothing.com, our WRC sunshade is made from isothermal aluminium and will stop your steering wheel from getting as hot as the sun. Find it, and much more WRC gear, here.