Weekend Preview: 25-26 April 2009

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Feature Event

FIA Formula 1 World Championship (4/17)
– Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
– Sakhir, Bahrain

Go to the F1 Preview!

Race coverage:
UK: Live on BBC1 @ 12.10pm BST
US: Live on SPEED @ 7.30am EDT

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Other Major International Events:

IRL IndyCar Series
– RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 (3/17)
– Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Go to the IndyCar preview!

Race coverage:
UK: Live on Sky Sports 2 @ 11.00pm BST
US: Live on VERSUS @ 4pm EDT

– Japanese Grand Prix
– Twin-Ring Motegi, Japan

I can’t say I find Motegi’s watching road course any more enjoyable than its oval.

UK: Live on BBC Two at 6:45am with highlights at 2pm, and a re-run under the Red Button on a rolling loop overnight from 11pm. I expect British Eurosport will run their version as soon as the BBC coverage is scheduled to end.

US: Not sure, probably Speed.

NASCAR Sprint Cup
– Aaron’s 499 (9/36)
– Talledega, Alabama, USA

The taxicabs are on the high banks at Talledega for a long restrictor plate race. What’s the 499 about? It can’t be the mileage because I can’t make the numbers work. It’s a 2.66 mile track. Anyway, restrictor plate tracks are boring, everyone is just waiting for the inevitible huge accident and that’s not fun.

Race coverage:

UK: Live on Sky Sports 2 @ 7pm BST
US: Live on FOX @ 1.00pm EDT Sunday

FIA World Rally Championship
– Rally Argentina (5/12)
– Carlos Paz, Argentina

More dusty gravel.

UK: Eurosport / Dave

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Other Events – check your TV listings:

Grand-Am Rolex Series
– Virginia International Raceway (2/12)
– Virginia, USA

HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship
– Thruxton (2/10)
– Thruxton, Hampshire, UK

The BTCC’s 2nd meeting of the year is at the fastest track in the UK, if you don’t include the Rockingham oval. There are always issues with punctures and pushing the limits at the ultra-fast Church corner out at the back of the track.

I was all set to attend this meeting but an overdose of college work has prevented it!

UK: Live on ITV4 and at www.itv.com/itv4 from 11:30am to 6pm, including lots of support races such as FRenault, the Clio Cup and those Ginetta things.

GP2 Asia Series
Sakhir, Bahrain (with F1)

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Talladega, Alabama, United States (with N-Cup)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Kansas City, Kansas, United States (with IndyCar)

Firestone Indy Lights
Kansas City, Kansas, United States (with IndyCar)

Star Mazda & FBMW NA
Virginia, USA (with GrandAm)

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