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Unrivalled live coverage planned for Roger Albert Clark Rally


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The Roger Albert Clark Rally will have an incredible package of live coverage when the five-day event starts on Thursday 23 November.

Live coverage of the rally has been stepped up significantly for 2023 as global interest in the event reaches unprecedented levels. The presence of drivers like Kris Meeke, Oliver Solberg, Osian Pryce and Chris Ingram in the 160-car entry list has further extended interest in the biggest special stage rally in the UK.

The marathon rally will run from 23 to 27 November and covers the forests of England, Scotland and Wales. The 2023 event will be the biggest yet and represents the longest and toughest special stage rally in the UK for more than 30 years. More than 1200 volunteer officials and around 30,000 spectators are expected on the event while the on-line audience is set to run into millions.

To feed record levels of interest in the rally, the organisers have put in place the most comprehensive live coverage schedule in the rally’s 20 year history. Much of the coverage will be in an exciting new blend of live action and interviews from the stages with Paul Woodford hosting from the studio and Matt Cotton delivering his renowned end of stage interviews with drivers. These daily broadcasts will feature blended live in-stage footage, drone coverage and interviews and it will be the first time that this mix of coverage has been planned for a UK rally of this scale. Each day is due to feature extensive coverage from two special stages with the target of covering every car in the rally at some point.

In addition, on each of the five evenings there will be a highlights edit of around 15 minutes, starting at 8pm, to round up all the main stories of the day. All of this coverage will go out live on Facebook and on YouTube.

Above and beyond this extensive coverage, Matt Cotton will go live at certain points from re-starts, end of leg controls and special stage finishes. As usual, this coverage will be streamed on the event’s Facebook page.

The coverage will start on Wednesday 22 November at 4pm with a pre-event forum live from the rally HQ in Carmarthen. One of the most dramatic broadcasts promises to be live coverage from the end of the final stage on Monday afternoon, as the leading crews complete the epic 39-mile stage titled ‘The Big One’. That coverage is due to start from around 1.30pm. Later on Monday, the ceremonial finish in Carlisle will go live from approximately 4.15pm.

Rally Manager Colin Heppenstall said: “We have invested significantly in broadening and pushing forward our live coverage using the standard-setting team at Special Stage linked to the expertise and knowledge of Matt Cotton. I believe we have the perfect package to keep everyone up to speed about what promises to be a rally full of excitement and action. Our live coverage will deliver action and insight straight into people's homes. We will have thousands of people out on the rally and hundreds of thousands watching on-line. We want to give them the best coverage we possibly can.”

A more detailed schedule for each day of the rally will be posted, and updated, on the event Facebook page.

The key links are:

Main broadcasts -

Live end of stage and control interviews on Facebook.

Please follow the event web site for up to date information www.racrmc.org or Facebook @RogerAlbertClark

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