WRC » Red Bull to be named as promoter in Germany

Red Bull looks set to become the new promoter of the World Rally Championship.

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Marc - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 6:18 PM

Sorry for going off topic a bit but besides sponsor support why are there only two manufacturers participating in such a fun series as WRC? I'm a motorcycle rider/amateur racer and big fan of national and international series such as Worldsuperbike and Motogp. In MotoGP they're having an issue with manufacturers leaving and smaller grids. What's the causes for this in the Rally world besides the economy?

Nicolai - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 10:28 PM

I dont think there is any cause other than the economy.
The manufacturers all dropped out when the cars cost over 1 million each. Plus the drivers salary, plus the logistics cost, plus the lack of coverage in the biggest markets like USA and China.
Add in the recession and all the manufacturers decided it wasnt worth it.
Now that cars are down to $500kish each the manufacturers are starting to look at it again.

JoePike - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 11:14 PM

Of course there is another reason
manufacturers are afraid of french cars and french pilots. They don't want to be beaten

Ah ... just joking
Best regards from Paris

Dylan - Unregistered

August 10, 2012 7:28 AM

I believe Red Bull spends at least 95% of their revenue with all sorts of advertising. Not a liable company if share holders want some revenue from this company. But at least they are spending on sports bad was if they spent invading other countries lol.

WRC for me - Unregistered

August 10, 2012 11:01 AM

I think its great news. One thing Dylan hit on is the amount they spend. Its quite sad that everything is about profit and shareholders. Why can't companies just spend money on what they see fit. I remember a dragons den where a woman was selling a drink for 2 pound and it cost 1 pound to produce and the dragons said that wasn't enough profit, she said it wasn't all about profit but keeping customers happy and buying, the dragon said that was ridiculous. Too interested in making money rather than seeing the whole picture.

Go Redbull, make it work


August 10, 2012 11:10 AM

Money they'll make anyway. The bigger the profit, the bigger the apetite gets. Will the "people" be happy, we shall see, at least as Taz said it is some start, as WRC now is in the middle of nowhere. Without promoting there is no chance other manufacturers will be willing to enter (as other might drop as Ford).

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