The 2019 WRC Season was officially launched yesterday morning at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, and I had the pleasure of witnessing it.
A large crowd huddled around the WRC stand in advance of the public launch, as fans waited to get a first glimpse of the 2019 cars and liveries in the flesh.
All the drivers and team managers paraded down from the main stage to the WRC stand, with a number of drivers in new overalls for the first time since switching teams.
The season launch then took place, where the cars and driver numbers (new for 2019) were unveiled. Three of the four cars are sporting new/modified colour-schemes for this season, and I was fan of all of them.
Following the conclusion of the launch, the drivers were swarmed by fans and media alike, as they tried to get pictures, autographs or interviews with them. I managed to get a short interview with Teemu Suninen at this point, which will feature in the next Across the Stages Podcast.
One team at a time, drivers headed to the main stage for interviews with veteran WRC journalist Colin Clark over the next few hours. Organised autograph signings also took place over the course of the rest of the day.
Overall, it was a great day for the fans. To be up close with some of the most talented drivers in the world is something that gives me a real buzz.
A public launch was a fantastic idea and something that I’m sure will continue for many years to come after this year’s success.
Make sure to check out my video of the day, in which I show the new cars and talk through the full driver lineup for the upcoming season.