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– Dream team united behind the microphone as WRC reaches its climax
– Nine-time WRC title winner returns to WRC paddock as guest reporter
– Two World Championship titles up for grabs in the Welsh forests
– Sébastien Ogier on cusp of fifth title and historic fifth Rally GB victory
– Catch all the epic action on Red Bull TV

Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26-29 October), the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship, could be a title-decider after one of the closest-fought seasons in which no fewer than six drivers from all four competing manufacturers have claimed wins.

And, with so much at stake, Red Bull TV has assembled a special guest commentary team starring the sport’s most successful driver, nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb, and Britain’s most successful co-driver Nicky Grist.

They will be your expert guides as Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have their first chance to take an impressive fifth world title and their M-Sport team looks set to clinch what would be an emotional and historic victory in the Manufacturers’ Championship on home soil.

Rally GB was founded in 1932 and it was not until 1960 that the introduction of forest roads transformed the rally into what it is today. Originally the route toured England, Scotland and Wales but, since 2000, it has largely been based in the legendary forests of Wales. It is a classic on the calendar with world-renowned forestry stages. Britain’s unpredictable autumn weather also all-but guarantees wet, slippery and muddy conditions.

After two no-scores in Germany and Spain, Thierry Neuville – previously Ogier’s nearest rival – has gone from leading the Championship on equal points after nine of the 13 rounds to third position, 38 points adrift of the Frenchman and one point behind second-placed Ott Tänak.

Both Tänak and Neuville mathematically have everything still to fight for, but an unprecedented fifth Rally GB victory for Ogier or a 31-point lead would seal the title in Wales. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, M-Sport needs to get one of its registered cars to the finish to score four points and claim a momentous victory for the British based outfit.

An impressive entry of 79 cars for the international event is the biggest field since the rally moved to north Wales in 2013, so competition will be fierce in all the categories, not least the FIA WRC 2 Championship where 23 crews will be fighting for honours.

Red Bull TV’s dream team in Wales
With regular presenter Matt Wilson dusting off his rally overall and swapping his microphone for a driver’s seat in an R5 Fiesta for his home event, Red Bull TV has pulled out all stops for what could be a title decider in the fearsome Welsh forests.

Sébastien Loeb scored a hat-trick of Wales Rally GB for Citroën between 2008 and 2010 so knows what it takes to win one of the most famous and challenging rounds on the WRC calendar.

The Frenchman who’s now racing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the Red Bull backed Team Peugeot-Hanson outfit is joined by Nicky Grist is another multiple Rally GB winner. The Welshman was Juha Kankkunen’s victorious co-driver in 1993 and then won again with Colin McRae 20 years ago in 1997.

Between them, Loeb and Grist have no fewer than 99 WRC wins – television viewers couldn’t hope to have two more knowledgeable guest reporters providing unique insights from the inside. It’s not to be missed.

Follow Kalle Rovanperä’s WRC on Red Bull TV
Finland’s latest young gun only turned 17 earlier this month and will be competing in Wales rallying an M-Sport WRC2 car just days after getting his driving licence. Red Bull TV will be following his progress – in meantime here’s a video of Kalle Rovenpera taking a very special driving license test.

Catch Red Bull TV times: highlights, live and exclusive features
Catch Sébastien and Nicky, together with show host Mike Chen on redbull.tv.wrc or via the Red Bull TV app. Saturday’s live programme comes direct from the Gartheinog forest stage in the Snowdonia National Park, bringing you all the action of SS12 as it happens. The show also features cutting-edge technology such as the live ghost feature – which displays rally drivers ‘racing’ each other in real time. Exclusive to Red Bull TV.

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