The problem the IRC has had is the hit and miss TV coverage. The live stuff was great; Monte, Valais, Scotland, Cyprus, etc but the the highlight shows were inconsistent. The years 2009-2011 were it's best years and the writing was on the wall before this season started. However, what the IRC did show was how events could be run without the straitjacket of the WRC. The IRC Montes were fantastic, Sanremo with the mega Friday night stage....
This weekends round is a shining example of this
Entry list - Sliven Rally 2012
No. Driver Co-Driver Vehicle Class Priority Competes for
1 Dimitar Iliev Yanaki Yanakiev BGR/BGR Skoda Fabia S2000 2 FIA IRC/ERC/BGRC
2 Yagiz Avci Bahadir Gucenmez TUR/TUR Ford Fiesta S2000 2 ASN IRC/ERC
3 Petar Gyoshev Dimitar Spasov BGR/BGR Peugeot 207 S2000 2 ASN IRC/ERC/BGRC
4 Krum Donchev Petar Yordanov BGR/BGR Peugeot 207 S2000 2 IRC/ERC/BGRC
5 Fatih Kara Guray Karacar TUR/TUR Fiat Grande Punto S2000 2 IRC/ERC
6 Marco TempestiniDorin Pulpea ROU/ROU Subaru Impreza R4 2 IRC/ERC
8 Robert Consani Nikolas Klinger UKR/FRA Renault Megane RS 3 IRC/ERC
10 Georgi Vasilev Stefan Dobrev BGR/BGR Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 3 ERC/BGRC
I think the merger will lead to 1 strong championship.
Scared to say it, but at the minute, things are looking good for rallying in 2013!
Edited by kosmic33, 28 September 2012 - 18:40.