Rejoice motorsports fanatics, it is the time of the year when WRC unveils its New Year championship racing schedule and the respective dates. This year, the 47th WRC champion is set to start on January 24, 2019 and wrap up on November 17 2019.
This year, we will see heavy changes in the overall event with regards to the calendar, crew, team and route. For instance, unlike last year, the championship will now cover 14 rounds of thrilling racing events in 14 countries. The starting match will be held on the “Mixed” surface of the Monte-Carlo Alps, while the finale will be held on a “Gravel” surface at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
Read on to find out all there is to know about the WRC 2019 championship, the current updates on all the events and how you can stream WRC from anywhere in the world.
Where to Watch WRC 2018 Live
WRC Official Broadcasters List
Below is the official Broadcaster list for top countries with Rally following. They are available in respective regions only in their local languages. Some of the channels are free while many are subscription based.
PureVPN helps in improving sports streaming experience and accessing these channel outside of their available regions. If you are travelling abroad and want to access your home channel, or if there is no live streaming available in your country, then you can use PureVPN to watch WRC live online from anywhere.
|Country||TV Network||Language||Free / Paid|
|United States||ESPN 3||English||Paid|
|Latin America||Fox Sports||Portuguese||Paid|
|United Kingdom||BT Sport||English||Paid|
|Red Bull TV||English||Free|
WRC 2019 Calendar
WRC 2019 will set off on January 24, 2019 and conclude on November 17, 2019.
|1||24 January||27 January||Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo||Mixed||16||322.81 km|
|2||14 February||17 February||Rally Sweden||Snow||19||319.17 km|
|3||7 March||10 March||Rally Guanajuato México||Gravel||21||316.51 km|
|4||28 March||31 March||Tour de Corse||Tarmac||TBA||TBA|
|5||25 April||28 April||Rally Argentina||Gravel||18||349.48 km|
|6||9 May||12 May||Rally Chille||Gravel||TBA||TBA|
|7||30 May||2 June||Rally de Portugal||Gravel||TBA||TBA|
|8||13 June||16 June||Rally Italia Sardegna||Gravel||TBA||TBA|
|9||1 August||4 August||Rally Finland||Tarmac||TBA||TBA|
|10||22 August||25 August||ADAC Rallye Deutschland||Gravel||TBA||TBA|
|11||12 September||15 September||Rally of Turkey||Gravel||TBA||TBA|
|12||3 October||6 October||Wales Rally GB||Mixed||TBA||TBA|
|13||24 October||27 October||RACC Rally Catalunya de España||Gravel||TBA||TBA|
|13||14 November||17 November||Rally Australia||Gravel||TBA||TBA|
World Rally Championship 2019
The 2019 FIA World Rally Championship will involve fourteen racing events that will involve a variety of roads, i.e., from gravel and tarmac to snow and Mixed surface. The winners from the last six consecutive WRC events, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, will be setting off the event as the defending driver and the co-driver champions. However, Ogier and Ingrassia will be ditching M-Sport Ford WRT for Citroën Total WRT.
Every year, each round of the WRC event is supported by added categories such as the World Rally Championship – 2, World Rally Championship – 3 and the Junior World Rally Champion. In 2019, only two supporting events will be played, i.e., WRC – 2 and the Junior WRC, since the WRC – 3 has been discontinued.
Moreover, there have been significant changes in the calendar, teams, and crews, and the racing routes. As mentioned above, there will now be fourteen racing events, with Rally Chile being the latest addition to the calendar. With regards to route changes, the racing distance for Rallye Monte-Carlo has been reduced from 394.74 km to 322.81 km. Likewise, the stages have also been reduced from 17 to 16.
FIA World Rally Championship 2018 finished at a thrilling note. It saw a close battle between defending champion Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville throughout the season, especially in the last few races. At the end of the event, Ogier managed to win his 6th consecutive championship.
Here are the final Driver standings after the end of 2018 World Rally Championship.
Below is the FIA 2018 World Rally Championship final standings for Manufacturers.
Last 10 Years Championships Winners
Do you want to know the standings of drivers and manufacturers for the last 10 years championships? Check out the lists below:
|2018||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC|
|2017||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC|
|2016||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC|
|2015||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC|
|2014||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC|
|2013||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC|
|2012||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC|
|2011||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC|
|2010||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën C4 WRC|
|2009||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën C4 WRC|
|2008||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën C4 WRC|
Now that you know the complete racing calendar and all about the racers, drivers and car manufacturers, you will not bear to miss the live action of World Rally Championship 2019.