For the first time ever, the Ulster International Rally will be streamed to a global audience. Rolling coverage is set to be broadcast on the event’s official website – www.ulsterrally.com – as well as its Facebook page – www.Facebook.com/Ulsterrally – for ten hours this Saturday.
Commentary and expert analysis from rally aficionados Xavier McCartan and Michael Patterson will accompany footage captured during the course of the rally using a blend of in-car and fixed position cameras. There will also be stage-end interviews with drivers and co-drivers, as well as reaction between each loop of stages from the service park back in Newry.
Event Director Richard Swanston confirmed the live streaming service will begin at 8.20am on Saturday and finish around 6pm. “This announcement shows that the people involved with the Ulster Rally are always willing to introduce new concepts to enhance the event,” he explained.
“Live streaming is a great way for spectators to view the action from wherever they are, and to show the event to a truly global audience. Of course, with COVID-19 still very much here, we hope that by providing this service free-of-charge spectator travel is minimised and that it will benefit those who are unable to come along to the Ulster International Rally this weekend.
“A live streaming service is one way to broaden the reach and appeal of the Ulster Rally and if it proves successful this weekend then we will look to include it in the planning of future events.”
The live coverage complements the highlights package that will follow in the days immediately after the closed-road event, with this focusing on the British Rally Championship of which the Ulster International Rally is the final round.