With no promoter or broadcaster secured, an unusual solution was found. Each individual rally had to secure it's own promoter and broadcast deal until a series promoter could be found.
|Jean Todt refused to give up on the WRC|
Todt failed to secure a new promoter before Rally Sweden, leaving it, and subsequent ralliues to organise thier own events individually. Despite this, the championship stayed together and was still governed by the FIA, but the lack of a promoter was affecting the number of entries. Rally Sweden showed the WRC's struggles, with just 11 cars registering whilst that number was 36 in 2011.
|Red Bull already had a strong presence in the WRC|
|Timing was an issue at the start of the season|
The WRC was clearly falling appart, but despite the struggles, the FIA stayed deffiant and commited to the WRC's long term future, at the same time ruling out a merger with rival series, the IRC.
However, despite all the turmoil surrounding the WRC, there was massive interest from manufacturers looking to join the series. The new 1.6 Super 2000 regulations introduced in 2011 provided a more economically viable platform for entering the world championship, something that the previous regualtions had struggled to do in the global financial crisis. By 2009, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Suzuki had all left the WRC, but there was now fresh interest from elsewhere.
|Hyundai announced a return with the i20 WRC|
|VW's Polo R has undergone extensive testing|
They say 'things can only get better'. WRC seems to have hit rock bottom in recent years, and provided new promoter Red Bull Media House can keep a steady ship and the new regulations remain sustainable, the WRC is set to thrive once again.