Weekend Preview: 3-4 October 2009

Feature Events

FIA Formula 1

– 2009 Formula 1 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
– Suzuka International Racing Course
– Suzuka-shi, Mie-ken, Japan
– (15/17)
Map and Guide by Pitlane Fanatic
– with Porsche Carrera Cup Japan

We’re back at Suzuka! F1 fans have missed this place after a couple of visits to the sanitised Fuji circuit, both of which suffered with heavy rain. Suzuka is thankfully untouched other than a bit of resurfacing, a new pit complex and a lick of paint!

In any given season whenever they are on the calendar the top two circuits drivers list as their favourites are Spa and Suzuka. Designed in the 1960s as a test track, this circuit has everything. A tricky first section, a fast last section and the only track crossover in major motorsports as well as the potential for rain, as we saw in Friday practice which heavily limited the running.

Remember Jenson Button only needs to outscore Rubens Barrichello by five points to be crowned the 2009 F1 Champion.

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE from 5.00am Sunday, repeated at 2.00pm.

US TV: LIVE on SPEED from 12.30am ET Sunday (Saturday night), repeated at 10.00pm.


– bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal
– Estoril
– Portugal
– (14/17)
– with 250cc, 125cc

UK TV: LIVE on BBC TWO at 12.30pm.

US TV: DELAYED on SPEED at 6pm Sunday.

Other Events


Superleague Formula

– Autodromo di Monza
– Monza, Milan, Italy
– (5/6)
– UK TV: Highlights on Eurosport 2 at 11pm.
– Supported by GT Open and F3 Open

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods
– Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
– UK TV: LIVE on SKY SPORTS 3, Sunday 8.30pm
– US TV: LIVE on ABC, Sunday 1pm ET
(I am aware the difference between 1 ET and 8.30 UK makes no sense whatsoever, unless the US have a 2.5hr pre-race or their clocks changed)

NASCAR Nationwide Series

– Kansas Lottery 300
– Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
– US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2, Saturday 3pm ET (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:


– Petit Le Mans (see above)
– Paul Ricard, France
– UK TV: MotorsTV 4pm
– suppported by FIA GT3

International GT Open

– Monza
– Supporting Superleague, with F3 Open


– Brands Hatch GP
– Brands Hatch, Kent, England
– UK TV: ITV4 from 11.30am
– suppported by Porsche UK, Ginetta, FRenault, Clio Cup
– final round!

Brazilian V8

– Campo Grande

Argentinian TC2000

– Punta del Este


– Britcar 500
– Silverstone, England


World Rally Championship

– Rallye de Espana


World Superbikes

– Magny-Cours, France
– UK: Eurosport at 9.30am (race 1 live) and 5.15pm (race 2 delay)
– US: SPEED at 3pm (race 1 delay) and 4pm (race 2 delay)

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

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