IRC: Scottish event to get live coverage

The inaugural RAC MSA Rally of Scotland, the eleventh and final round of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will benefit from live television coverage it was announced by IRC promoter Eurosport Events on Friday.

Four of the stages will be produced live, giving viewers the opportunity to see more than four hours of action from the all-gravel stages, many of which have been dormant for more than 20 years.

It follows similar coverage on the Eurosport channels of the Monte Carlo Rally in January, the IRC season opener, and more recently the Belgium Ypres Rally back in June.

"Producing rallying live is probably one of the most complex TV operations, but this is our ambition to continue giving viewers the opportunity to experience the excitement of the IRC directly as it happens," said Geraldine Filiol, managing director of Eurosport Events.

"We started the IRC season with our landmark coverage of the Monte Carlo Rally, and again at the mid-season point we brought the full experience of the Belgium Ypres Rally through a similar successful broadcast package.

"Once again we will build our coverage for Scotland around four live stages over the two days, including the impressive Loch Ard stage, which will mark the climax of the rally on its final night."

Meanwhile Andrew Coe, chief executive of RAC MSA Rally of Scotland event promoter International Motor Sports, has welcomed the news.

"I'm delighted that the IRC organisers are committed to bringing the closest possible experience of being there to millions of fans around the world," he added. "The RAC MSA Rally of Scotland is really getting back to the soul of great British events.

"With some of the most beautiful forests and parks in the country, and some of the most challenging special stages in the world, it will make a spectacular event. For a proud rallying nation such as Scotland, this is the most important event to take place since the late Colin McRae won the world championship."

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