Three, two, one – and it’s over live to Seb Marshall….

Three, two, one – and it’s over live to Seb Marshall….

10 Mar

By Paul Evans

He’s better known for thundering through FIA World Rally Championship stages at ferociously high speed and, with the coolest and calmest pitch-perfect pronunciation, supply impeccably timed pace notes to Kris Meeke. And we’ll soon get to hear these dulcet tones on the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship live streaming service, as Seb Marshall is joining the Special Stage TV production team for the opening round of the series, the Legend Fires North West Stages.
 
It’s a great honour to have Seb as the first special guest commentator, as he is in high demand by the likes of WRC TV.
 
Seb will join former rally co-driver Howard Davies, who will once again head up the commentary team.
 
Almost one million viewers have watched the live web-streaming coverage of the Asphalt Rally Championship on Facebook over the last two years, with a total of 458,000 tuning in for the 2018 season and 479,800 in 2019 – making it by far the largest on-line audience of any British national rally championship.
 
Seb will be in Garstang for the ceremonial start on the night of Friday 20 March, before heading out to some carefully selected stage-side positions during the running of the event the following day. He’s already had a good look over all of the 14 closed road stages, having done a spectator guide for the event organisers, Motorsport North West.
 
“I’m looking forward to joining Howard [Davies] and the Special Stage team for the North West Stages,” said Seb. “The event has developed from a blast around Blackpool Promenade and some military roads to a really challenging closed road event. The stages are really good, and vary from quite technical narrow sections to some very quick sections. It will be a good test for the crews and a fitting start to the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship.
 
“I’ll certainly have a lot to commentate on, as the event has received a fantastic entry. There will be a very strong top twenty and real depth of quality right the way through the classes, and I’m really looking forward to watching the action unfold from the side of the stages.”

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