Sebastien Ogier has told World Rally Championship (WRC) fans he’s looking forward to seeing them at the series launch at Autosport International on Saturday 12th January.
Kicking off the proceedings at 9:30am, the six-time WRC champion will be joined by his co-driver Julien Ingrassia and their fellow competitors for a celebratory parade through the halls from the Autosport Stage to the WRC feature.
Following their arrival on the stand, the teams will officially launch the 2019 season at 10:15 am, unveiling the latest challengers, new liveries and car numbers for the season ahead, except for Ogier, who will retain the number ‘1’ his cars have worn since 2014.
After the launch, the drivers, co-drivers and team principals will be taking to the Autosport Stage throughout the morning to talk about the 2018 championship and share their thoughts on the season to come, ahead of the first round in Monte Carlo.
Fans will also have further opportunity to meet the stars of the series, with autograph sessions taking place at intervals for the rest of the day over on the WRC feature.
Ogier was pivotal in the decision to move the launch from Thursday’s opening day of Autosport International to a weekend when more spectators could get into Birmingham’s NEC to greet their heroes.
Ogier said: “This is good news, great news. Last year it was a good event to launch the season, to have everybody together. And if there’s going to be even more fans there this year then it’s going to be even better.
“Without fans, our sport would not exist. We need them and the launch is always an exciting time when you come to discover the new liveries. It’s going to be great to see lots of fans joining us – see you soon guys!”
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