Weekend Preview: 12-13 September 2009

Feature Events

Formula 1

– Formula 1 Gran Premio Santander d’Italia 2009
– Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
– Parco Monza, Monza, Milan, Italy
– (13/17)
– with GP2, FBMW Europe, Porsche Supercup

After Spa comes Monza. It just does. That is how it is. Next year they want to put Valencia between them and I scoff at their plans!

There is something special about F1 at Monza. Maybe it is the autumnal light and the hint of a change in the leaves of the many trees in the park in which the track resides. Needless to say this place has history bleeding out of it. It was constructed in 1922 and was only the 3rd permanent race course in history, after Brooklands and Indianapolis, according to F1.com (hmm, wonder if fans of the Milwaukee Mile might disagree?).

Monza, like Silverstone and several of the other old classic tracks, is a bit rough around the edges. A bit tatty, bits of it falling down. That’s why we love it – it has character, it has a ‘lived-in’ feel despite the modern paint and added safety features, yet it still has a bite – F1 cars exceed 200mph on the main straight.

TV Guide:
UK – LIVE on BBC ONE at 12.10pm BST Sunday

USA – LIVE on SPEED at 7.30am ET Sunday (repeated 4.30pm)

Other Events


– Autosport 1000 Km of Silverstone
– Silverstone Circuit, Northants, England, UK
– (5/5)
– with Formula Le Mans, Radical European Masters, Classic Endurance

The final round of the season for the endurance racers of Europe – apart from the few taking in Petit Le Mans with the ALMS and the new Asian round in Japan!
The LMP1 title fight is between Aston Martin and the chasing Pescarolo (gonna be honest, I’m not sure how the other classes sit). Of note is Nigel Mansell’s return to top line international motorsport in a Ginetta-Zytek in LMP1.

TV Guide
UK -The start is at 11.30am on British Eurosport with 1 hour of coverage, along with 45mins at 4.45pm.

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Chevy Rock & Roll 400
– Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia, USA
– US TV: ABC, Sunday 7pm ET
– UK TV: Sky Sports Xtra, Sunday night 12.30am (repeated 7pm Sunday SS2)

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Virginia 259 College Savings 250
– Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia, USA

NASCAR Camping World Trucks

– Copart 200
– Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Illinois, USA

V8 Supercars

– Philip Island 500
– Philip Island, Victoria, Australia

GP2 Series

– Monza
– Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy
– UK TV – Race 1 delayed? at 5pm Saturday, Race 2 LIVE at 9.30am Sunday

Euroseries 3000

– Valencia, Spain

FIA GT3 + GT4 + British F3

– Portimao, Algarve

F3 Sudamericana

– Buenos Aires

Super GT

– Fuji, Japan


– Rally Principe de Asturias
– Asturias, Spain
– Coverage on Eurosport


– Croft
(Eurosport 2 for much of the day!)

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FORIX (sub req.)
Live Sport on TV
Series websites as mentioned
Autosport magazine

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