Weekend Preview: 18-19 April 2009

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Feature Event

FIA Formula 1 World Championship (3/17)
– Chinese Grand Prix
– Shanghai, China

See my Chinese GP Preview here!

Race coverage:
UK: Live on BBC1 @ 6.00am BST
US: Live on SPEED @ 2.30am EDT

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Other Major International Events:

IRL IndyCar Series
– Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (2/17)
– Long Beach, California, USA

See my Long Beach Preview here!

Race coverage:
UK: Live on Sky Sports 3 @ 9.00pm BST
US: Live on VERSUS @ 3.30pm EDT

American Le Mans Series
– Tequila Patrón American Le Mans at Long Beach (3/10)
– Long Beach, California, USA

The ALMS returns to Long Beach for another Saturday race. The field is slightly bigger this week with the final ever North American appearance from the Corvette GT1 programme. Pratt & Miller will be taking the cars to Le Mans before replacing them with a GT2 effort in the ALMS later in the year.

Race coverage:
The race takes place on Saturday afternoon/evening local time.

UK: Tape delayed on MotorsTV @ 5.00pm BST Sunday
US: Tape delayed on ABC @ 12.30pm EDT Sunday

NASCAR Sprint Cup
– Subway Fresh Fit 500 (8/36)
– Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Another 500 miler! This time it is a Saturday night race.

Race coverage:

UK: Live on Sky Sports @ 1.30am BST Saturday night (Sunday morning)
Sky Sports Xtra has highlights at 8am, Sky Sports 2 has highlights at 6.30pm.

US: Live on FOX @ 8.00pm EDT Sunday

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Other Events – check your TV listings:
(according to FORIX (sub req.))

World Series by Renault / Formula Renault 3.5
– Barcelona (1/9)
– Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

WSbR’s season kicks off with the usual double-header format at Barcelona. Driver line-ups were still being formalised as late as this week! As ever the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup will be in support, and I assume the Meganes and Clios will be there too.

Race coverage:
There is a race on Saturday and a race on Sunday. This year Eurosport will be providing coverage for selected rounds which is big news for this series.

UK: Race 1 is live on Eurosport at 12.45pm BST Saturday. Race 2 is live on Eurosport at 12.00pm Sunday.
US: n/a

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Firestone Indy Lights
Long Beach, California, United States

Australian V8 Supercars
Hamilton, New Zealand
(UK tape delay: MotorsTV 2pm Sunday)

Super GT
Suzuka, Japan

International GT Open
Imola, Italy

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