NOVEMBER 22, 2001
Rallying looks to virtual reality to challenge F1
Rallying, however, reckons that it can catch up with F1 using new technologies which will allow viewers to drive virtual cars on rally stages, using real-time data.
David Richards, who owns the commercial rights to the World Rally Championship, says that the technology to do this is "only three years away."
Richards says that rallying has to change its views to become successful.
"It has got to be more than just a sport," he says. "It should be a crossover between sport and light entertainment."
Rallying is in the spotlight at the moment as the World Championship comes to a climax on the Network Q Rally Great Britain which begins tonight in Cardiff with Tommi Makinen, Richard Burns and Colin McRae all in with a chance of the title.