Red Bull will broadcast live footage of the World Rally Championship on its website and app from 2017, offering more rally fans the chance to watch next year’s series as it unfolds free of charge.

Free coverage in Britain has previously been restricted to highlights shows, with free live broadcasts only returning a couple of months ago on Channel 5. But the shows were limited to Sunday’s Power Stages.

Red Bull’s online broadcasts, which will be available on Redbull.tv or via the Red Bull TV app, will show live footage of the running on Saturdays and provide highlights shows for the rest of the weekends, giving UK fans access to more live WRC action than has been available for over a decade.

“It’s really exciting that the WRC will be broadcast on Red Bull TV next year,” said WRC legend and nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb, who is also a Red Bull athlete. “Fans will now have chance to see the very best coverage of some of the best motor sport in the world entirely for free and at a time that suits them.”

The new season starts at the Monte Carlo rally in January. The season opener will bring a raft of new cars to the stage (links below), with less restrictive regulations enabling cars to produce more power and make use of extra downforce.

Red Bull’s first WRC programme will be broadcast at 9pm on Friday 20 January after the end of the first leg of the Rally Monte-Carlo. All shows can also be watched on-demand on Red Bull TV once they’ve broadcast.

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