Few would have thought that the UK TV coverage of the WRC could get worse for 2013, but with absolutely nothing for Rallye Monte-Carlo, it really has. With luck, that will change before the end of the season.
But in the meantime, let’s accentuate the positive: at least we won’t have this year’s new liveries piped into our telly boxes. The worst of them? It’s a fight in the Middle East. Above, it’s the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC, daubed in an ugly faux-gold.
And to the right, the Qatar M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC, with Qatar’s beloved burgundy splashed all over it. Yes, I know it’s on their flag, but someone really should tell Qatar that burgundy has not been an appropriate colour for a car since about 1986.
But which is worse? Well, it’s the tacky gold Citroen, clearly. You’ve done a bad paint job, Abu Dhabi.
It would be unfair to not mention another Middle Eastern-backed entry, the Skydive Dubai Rally Team, for not having an awful livery. The black, red and white Skoda Fabia S2000 entered in the new WRC2 category is a perfectly serviceable effort. Dubai’s neighbours should take note.
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