– Gran Premio bwin.com de España
– Jerez de la Frontera
– Jerez, Spain
MotoGP’s globetrotting is on hold for a while as the series begins a two month, 5-round European leg with the first of three(!) visits to Spain this season, just as with most seasons. I’m completely out of the loop with MotoGP this year because I haven’t had time to watch the first two rounds, I’m sure I’ll catch up at some stage though.
UK – LIVE on BBC Two at 12:30pm with delayed coverage on Eurosport 2 at 2pm.
US – LIVE?? on SPEED at 6pm ET
Support races: 250cc, 125cc, Red Bull Rookies Cup
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
– Brands Hatch
– Kent, England, UK
– Configuration: Grand Prix
– Track map: Don’t be silly, you know what Brands Hatch looks like
This is the final round of the 2008/09 A1GP season, a very tumultuous season in which anything that could go wrong did go wrong. Cancelled events, reinstated events, reinstated events that were cancelled, trouble with the cars, trouble with the finances…
It has still be fun racing though and let’s hope they are able to hold a 5th season for next winter!
UK – LIVE on Sky1 at 1:30pm
NOTE THIS IS SKY 1 NOT SKY SPORTS 1!
US and elsewhere – www.a1gp.com
Support races: Formula Palmer Audi, GT Cup, Lotus Elise Trophy, Formula Junior, Sports 2000, Heritage GT
NASCAR Sprint Cup
– Russell Friedman 400
– Richmond International Speedway
– Richmond, USA
This is a Saturday night race. According to AUTOSPORT (now in ALL CAPS!) there was a competition and the winner had the race named after him, hence the Russell Friedman 400. Only in NASCAR..
UK – LIVE on Sky Sports Xtra at 12.30am Saturday night / Sunday morning, repeated on SSX at 5:30pm Sunday.
US – LIVE on FOX at 7pm Saturday
Support races: Nationwide Series (Saturday)
FIA World Touring Car Championship
An all-new event on a street circuit which was only finished a few weeks ago, and which the 3-time touring car champion Andy Priaulx described on Twitter as being “like Monza without the runoff”!
UK – LIVE on Eurosport at 1:45pm (race 1) and 2:45pm (race 2)
US and elsewhere try here – www.fiawtcc.com
Support races: local series
FIA GT Championship
– RAC Tourist Trophy
– Silverstone, England, UK
– Configuration: Grand Prix
This is due to be the final year of FIA GT before the all new FIA World GT series kicks off in 2010, and some of the all-new-spec GT1 cars are on the grid for this race albeit some 3 seconds off the pace of the highly tuned current breed. I’m sure a lot of time will be clawed back as the new cars get into their groove.
I had hoped to attend this race because I’ve never seen a proper sportscar race in person, unfortunately other things have got in the way and I’m unable to make it. As always this will be a 2-hour event.
UK – Same-day delay in full at 10pm on Setanta Sports 2, with 1hr highlights on Sky Sports on Thursday at 6:30pm and 30 mins on Channel 4 at 7am on the 17th.
Support races: FIA GT3 European Championship, FIA GT4 European Cup, Cooper Tires British F3 International Series
Formula Renault 3.5
– World Series by Renault
– Francorchamps, Belgium
The series which is a bit like GP2 but not as good heads for the hills of Belgium this week. You need to know about it though because it discovered Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel.
UK – Race 2 LIVE on Eurosport at 12:45pm, no apparent coverage of race 1 so I’d expect short highlights of it just prior to the green light for race 2.
Support races: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, Megane Trophy
Grand-Am Rolex Series
– Thunderbolt Raceway
– New Jersey Motorsport Park, New Jersey, USA
UK – highlights on Five overnight in the week
US – 1pm ET on SPEED
Australian V8 Supercars (& F.Ford)
– Winton, Australia
Brazilian V8 Stockcars
– Brasilia, Brazil
– Fuji, Japan
Spanish GT & F3
– Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia, Spain
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Do we like the sub-headers? Very Champ Car aren’t they?
These posts are becoming a great deal of work so you may find they are pared back to basics in future weeks.
On a personal note, my area finally gets the Digital Switchover on Wednesday! The wider area has it already but with my town in an aerial blackspot we rely on a repeater transmitter – that transmitter gets switched on the 6th. This should mean I get to play with the BBC’s red button service for F1 and MotoGP, as well as watch ITV4’s coverage of BTCC and Tour de France!