When Discovery poached Channel 5’s flagship series Fifth Gear back in January, it was part of a big push to increase the channel’s investment in the UK, with the promise of “terrestrial-sized” budgets for original programme commissions.
This is precisely the kind of article I enjoy reading, a fly on the wall insight into a special event that most of us can only view from afar.
Created in 1988 by former Michèle Mouton, the only female WRC event winner, and Fredrik Johnsson, the Race of Champions has become the most eagerly-anticipated after party of the motorsport season. This year’s event, run on the 3rd and 4th December, returned to Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena, the venue where relative newcomer Felipe Albuquerque took the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ cup in 2010.
“I think whats missing is some group B rallying, RAC ’85 in three parts” – Cliff