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Aug 19

It’s time for the Baumholder stages and some exciting new digital features on Rallye Deutschland, coming to you today live on Red Bull TV

Be scared

Red Bull TV logoThe most feared day on Rallye Deutschland – which is well-known as the most variable and challenging asphalt rally on the calendar – is Saturday.

And that happens to be today, so the more sensitive among you should look away from your screens now. Because not only do we have an awesome stage shown live on Red Bull TV at 11:50 local time, but also some ghosts. More about those later.

Today’s Baumholder military camp stages are run on concrete roads that were originally used for testing tanks by the German army, so naturally they take no prisoners. These roads are made of concrete, so are incredibly slippery – especially when wet – and they also have very sharp edges, just waiting to lacerate tyres if the drivers go even slightly off the road. Venture further off the road and there are ‘hinkelsteins’ ready to provoke an enormous accident: massive concrete blocks designed to catch stray tanks. So they have no problems stopping rally cars.

But the Red Bull TV live stage provides a slightly more gentle contrast to the military roads, as it’s the brand new Romerstrasse test: introduced for the first time to Rallye Deutschland this year and featuring a typically wide variety of asphalt conditions. All types of weather are possible too, but the presenting crew of Mike Chen and Matt Wilson will be there in rain or sunshine to talk you through the action.

 

Track overview of the Red Bull TV live stage, SS12 “Romerstrasse”

 

Another amazing aspect of Red Bull TV’s coverage today will be the live ghost feature, which brings to life the closeness of WRC competition like never before. This innovative technology allows a direct comparison between two cars on a stage, using real time data to make it appear as if the rally cars are racing each other, using advanced computer graphics on a moving 3D mini map that portrays the stage.

 

This exclusive asset allows viewers to see at a glance where drivers are gaining and losing time relative to each other over the entire length of a stage: one of the many cutting-edge features that makes Red Bull TV’s rally coverage fresh and unique.

It works by using data that is actually transmitted live from the competing cars, so it’s the next best thing to sitting in the co-driver’s seat. Developed by Red Bull TV, the live ghost feature is a revolutionary viewing concept that pioneers on today’s live programme. Think of it as the best of rallying and racing rolled into one exciting package, thanks to state-of-the-art TV technology.

 

Also on today’s 75-minute live show is in-depth analysis of everything that’s happened so far and the key talking points. We take a look at some of the exciting young talents coming up through the ranks in rallying, such as Teemu Suninen and Elfyn Evans, while Citroen’s Craig Breen is your guide to the black art of setting up the latest-generation cars for asphalt rallies: where racing meets the road. Breen comes from Ireland, where asphalt rallies are a way of life, so few people are better-placed to explain these unique challenges. It’s clear that Citroen’s form an asphalt has improved considerably, with Andreas Mikkelsen ending the first full day of Rallye Deutschland in second overall, just five seconds behind the leader.

We also meet former European Rally Champion and local hero Armin Kremer, making his debut in a 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC on his home event. For Kremer, Rallye Deutschland is a family affair, as his daughter Ella is also co-driving in an Opel Adam.

 

But the most attention will be at the front of the field, where M-Sport’s four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier continues the intense fight with the pretender to his throne: Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville.

So far, M-Sport’s Ott Tanak has the upper hand in the overall rally lead, but will it last? As for Neuville and Ogier, they are separated by just two seconds in third and fourth respectively, so who will take a decisive advantage? Watch the live action today at 11:50 local time – followed by the highlights show at 22:00 – to find out. All available on redbull.tv/wrc or via the mobile app.

source: redbull.tv

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