Jake | Friday 18th January 2013 | Rally

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.

Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC

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.

Qatar M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC

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.

Photo Credits
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC: Citroen Racing
Qatar M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC: jambox998 – FlickrSome rights reserved

There are 3 comments

  1. Comment by Ryan, Friday 18th January 2013 @ 14:43

    as much as i hate them, i’m just glad for the investment and the fact we have Ford, Citroen & VW in the championship

  2. Comment by Jake, Friday 18th January 2013 @ 15:10

    Oh God yes, far better Citroen and M-Sport there with slightly dodgy liveries than not at all. And fair play to VW: their livery is quite nice.

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