Start Times: 22-23 May

Here are some selected start times for races happening this weekend, as well as qualifying at Indy. I hope I’ve got the timezone adjustments right. This week I’ve added Saturday events, though note the two NASCAR races which start on Saturday in the US are actually happening in the early hours of Sunday for us in the UK.

I have purposely left out some junior series and less popular GT events.

Saturday 22 May 2010
UK Time Duration Series Venue Event
GMT+1



10.15am Formula 2 Monza Race 1
4.15pm 1 hour FIA GT1 World Brno Qual race
5pm 7 hours IndyCar Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pole Day
10pm 6 hours ALMS Laguna Seca Race
Sunday 23 May 2010
UK Time Duration Series Venue Event
GMT+1



12.30am Sprint Cup Charlotte Showdown
2am Sprint Cup Charlotte All Star Race
10am 45 minutes Superleague Magny-Cours Race 1
12.05pm 9 laps WTCC Monza Race 1
1pm 28 laps MotoGP Le Mans (Bugatti) Race
1pm 45 laps DTM Valencia Race
1pm 1 hour FIA GT1 World Brno Champ race
1pm 45 minutes Superleague Magny-Cours Race 2
1pm Formula 2 Monza Race 2
2pm 15 minutes Superleague Magny-Cours Superfinal
2.20pm 9 laps WTCC Monza Race 2
6pm 6 hours IndyCar Indianapolis Motor Speedway Bump Day

Enjoy the racing!

Weekend Preview: 21-22 November 2009

This is the final Weekend Preview of the season, thanks for reading and I hope these posts have been useful!

Windsor Arch 56th Macau Grand Prix

– Guia Circuit, Macau, PRC
www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo/app/home/gp56/en
Live Timing from MST (note this link is for all non-WTCC races at the circuit this week)
– with WTCC (see below), FBMW Pacific and a host of regional championships

The classic Formula 3 event attracts competitors from the Euroseries and the Japanese and British series, I am not sure if the Australians also attend? I am always surprised at how fast the F3 cars look at this course, the long straight sections mean the cars are in high gearing, low downforce trim which while fast on the open road, the drivers have to struggle with through the narrow twisty part of the track.

The Macau Grand Prix format for F3 is for a 10-lap Qualification Race on Saturday at 1.45pm Macau time, followed by the 15-lap Grand Prix on Sunday at 3.30pm their time. That’s about 4.30am here… I think.

I can’t find any live UK TV coverage!
I can’t find any recorded coverage either.

FIA World Touring Car Championship

– Marriott Race of Macau
– Guia Circuit, Macau, PRC
www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo/app/home/gp56/en
– and www.fiawtcc.com
Live Timing from MST (WTCC only, for F3 use the link in the Macau GP section above)
– Final round

The usual format of two equal-length races on Sunday of just 9 laps each around this long circuit, that’s good for the normal race time of about 25 minutes. It might be short but there’s action all the way at Macau!

This is Tom Coronel in the 2007 race.

UK TV: There is continuous coverage encompassing both races from 4am UK time, with only a short break between races (which is utterly crazy with the damage this place can cause). It is repeated at 11.35am on Eurosport 2.

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Ford 400
– Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida, USA
www.nascar.com
– UK TV: SKY SPORTS XTRA at 8pm Sunday
– US TV: LIVE on ABC at 2.30pm ET Sunday

Jimmie Johnson holds a large points lead going into the final round of the long, long NASCAR year. He’s pretty much guaranteed unless there’s one of those famous crashes all the “fans” apparently want to see, although since they pay points just for turning up perhaps they should give him the Cup now…

NASCAR Nationwide Series

– Ford 300
– Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on ESPN2 at 4pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)

Speaking of just turning up, Kyle Busch only needs to start this race to secure the 2nd tier title.


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

– Ford 200
– Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on SPEED at 7.30pm ET Friday (not covered in UK)

I know nothing of this series and I’m not sure I know anyone who does..

Intercontinental Rally Challenge

– Rally of Scotland
– Perth to Stirling, Scotland
www.ircseries.com

This is the IRC’s maiden visit to the UK. There will be updates throughout the weekend on Eurosport including live stages! Tune at 8.45am and 4pm Friday, 9am and 1.45pm Saturday, and 6am and 7.15pm Sunday.


Australian V8 Supercars

– Barbagallo, Australia
www.v8supercar.com.au
– Penultimate round

Weekend Preview 5-6 December 2009

Just for completeness, the final round of V8s is in two weeks’ time:

Australian V8 Supercars

– Oran Park, Australia
www.v8supercar.com.au

That’s it! After these races the 2009 season is over. The first event of 2010 is the Dakar which is in South America again in early January, then the IRC opens the ‘regular’ season with the Monte Carlo Rally on the weekend of the 23rd. The first circuit race of note is the Daytona 24 Hours at the end of January, a mere two months away.

Thanks to the following sources this season:
FORIX;
Autosport magazine;
RadioTimes.com;
LiveSportOnTV.com;

Weekend Preview: 14-15 November 2009

There is only one major race meeting this weekend, with each of NASCAR’s three main divisions holding their penultimate races of the season at Phoenix this weekend. The season will end at Homestead next week.

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil
– Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
– 1-mile oval
www.nascar.com
– UK TV: SKY SPORTS XTRA at 8pm Sunday
– US TV: LIVE on ABC at 2.30pm ET Sunday

NASCAR Nationwide Series

– Able Body Labor 200
– Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on ESPN2 at 4pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

– Lucas Oil 150
– Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on SPEED at 7.30pm ET Friday (not covered in UK)

That’s it! Nothing else. There is more happening next week when I will post the final Weekend Preview of 2009.

Weekend Preview: 7-8 Nov 2009

Pretty much all of the major events of the 2009 season are now in the history books so this series is winding down. I’ll keep going in a reduced format as long as there is something notable going on.

Feature Events

MotoGP

– GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana
– Circuit Ricardo Tormo
– Valencia, Spain
– (17/17)
www.motogp.com
– 250cc (last ever), 125cc, etc

Valencia is the traditional finale to the MotoGP season and this year is no exception. Reasonable circuit, seems to me MotoGP is the only series to actually produce decent racing at this track. The title having been won, the only thing of note that I can think of is the demise of the 250cc support class, to be replaced by the new Moto2 category in 2010.

UK: LIVE on BBC Two at 12.30pm
US: DELAYED on SPEED at 6pm ET

Other Events

Single Seater:

Superleague Formula

– Jarama
– Jarama, Spain
– (6/6)
www.superleagueformula.com
– Eurosport: Race 1 live on E2 at 9am Sunday // Race 2 live on E2 at 11.30am Sunday // Shootout live on E2 at 12.30pm

The only open-wheel action this week outside of SudamF3 is the SF finale at Jarama, which could be fun. I’ve never seen a race at Jarama and apparently these cars make the frankly ridiculous concept of the series worth checking out.

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Dickies 500
– Texas Motor Speedway, Forth Worth, Texas, USA
www.nascar.com
– UK TV: SKY SPORTS XTRA at 8.30pm Sunday
– US TV: LIVE on ABC at 12.30pm ET Sunday

I can’t make sense of this. I’ve double-checked and Sky says 8.30pm is live. ABC says 12.30pm is live. There is not an 8hr time difference between ET and UK and I can’t believe there is a 3hr pre-race show.


NASCAR Nationwide Series

– O’Reilly Challenge
– Texas Motor Speedway, Forth Worth, Texas, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on ESPN2 at 12pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

– Winstar World Casino 350
– Texas Motor Speedway, Forth Worth, Texas, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on SPEED at 8.30pm ET Friday (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:

V8 Supercars

– Phillip Island
– Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
www.v8supercar.com.au


Super GT

– Twin-Ring Motegi
– Motegi, Japan
www.supergt.net/en

Also for those in the UK I believe the new series of Top Gear begins on Sunday.

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

Weekend Preview: 31 Oct – 1 Nov 2009

The last F1 race of the year and also the final rounds of F2, but the first weekend of the new GP2 Asia season.

Feature Events


FIA Formula One World Championship

– 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
– Yas Marina Circuit
– Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
– (17/17)
www.f1.com
– with GP2 Asia Series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Chevrolet Supercar Middle East

The last F1 race of the year, and hasn’t it flown by? Both the Championships have been won so the paddock can let its collective hair down. The only pressure to perform will lie upon those still working on contract negotiations for 2010 – right now only a handful of deals have been announced. There is also the matter of McLaren vs Ferrari for 3rd position in the Constructors’ race, remember the higher you finish the better garage spot you get next season, not to mention the extra squillions from the TV money sharing agreement.

This is the first ever event held by the all-new Yas Marina circuit, another Tilke effort, and it should be a fun one. The first half of the track is fast and interesting, the second half after the chicane is a bit stop/start Mickey Mouse but at least we can look at the LED-lit hotel.. The other thing to note is this is a dusk race starting at 5pm local time, meaning we start in daylight and end at night, a first for F1 though perhaps not so impressive to those in the US who are used to this sort of thing.

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE at 12.10pm Sunday

US TV: LIVE on SPEED at 4.30pm ET Sunday.

Other Events

Single Seater:

GP2 Asia Series

– Abu Dhabi
– Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, UAE
www.gp2series.com/en/website/2009gp2asia
– Eurosport: Race 1 highlights on E1 at 12pm Saturday // Race 2 live on E1 at 9.30am Sunday

The first round of what is a cut-down GP2 Asia Series this season, rather than travel around Asia they will be restricting themselves to two visits each to Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, which is a shame.
I am not sure what genius at Eurosport thought it would be a good idea to restrict TV coverage of the Feature race to a 30 minute highlights show directly up against live F1 qualifying (albeit the BBC’s pre-qual show).

FIA Formula Two

– Barcelona
– Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
www.formula2.com
– Eurosport: Race 1 live on E1 at 1pm Saturday // Race 2 live on E1 at 11am Sunday

Season finale of the relaunched F2.

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Amp Energy 500
– Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama, USA
www.nascar.com
– UK TV: SKY SPORTS XTRA at 6pm Sunday
– US TV: LIVE on ABC at 12pm Sunday


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

– Mountain Dew 250 Fueled By Fred’s
– Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on SPEED at 3.30pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:

FIA WTCC

– Okayama
– Okayama, Japan
www.fiawtcc.com
– with Asian LMS and FBMW Pacific
– Eurosport: Race 1 live on E1 at 4.30am Sunday // Race 2 live on E1 at 6.45am Sunday
Repeated during the day at more civilised times..

The penultimate rounds of the touring car series is held in Japan, last year Tom Coronel went very well here despite being an ‘independent’ runner against the factory teams – can he repeat that this year?


Asian Le Mans Series

– Okayama
– Okayama, Japan
www.asian-lemans-series.com
– with WTCC and FBMW Pacific
– Eurosport 1 at 10.15am Saturday and 5.30am Sunday

This test event for Le Mans racing in the Asian market consists of two races over the weekend, I believe the winner of the event as a whole will be whoever wins the second race. It is effectively a 6hr race split in half. It isn’t a big field by LMS standards with only 22 cars, but still as big as the American LMS this year with the added appeal of each class winner gaining an entry to the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours.
If the event is successful it could be the precursor to a new series being developed to run alongside the LMS and ALMS in this part of the world – though you have to say the cancellation of the 2nd leg, due to be held at Shanghai next week, does not bode well. Still, I wish it success.

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

Weekend Preview: 24-25 October 2009

Another ‘Finals’ weekend as a clutch of series will be ending their seasons or deciding their championships on Sunday. This is a quick edition as I am in a hurry.

Feature Events


FIM MotoGP

– Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix
– Sepang International Circuit
– Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– (16/17)
www.motogp.com
– with 250cc, 125cc

The penultimate round of the series, can Rossi win the top prize again?

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE at 6.45am Sunday (repeated 12.45pm)

US TV: DELAYED on SPEED at 6pm ET Sunday.

Other Events

Single Seater:

World Series by Renault

– Spain
– Hockenheimring, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
www.worldseriesbyrenault.com
– Eurosport at 2pm and 10pm.
– Season finale

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Tums Fast Relief 500
– Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia, USA
www.nascar.com
– UK TV: SKY SPORTS 3 at 5.30pm Sunday
– US TV: LIVE on ABC at 1pm ET Sunday


NASCAR Nationwide Series

– Kroger On Track For The Cure 250
– Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2 at 3pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

– Kroger 200
– Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2 at 12.30pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:

DTM

– Hockenheim
– Hockenheimring, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
www.dtm.com
– I can’t find UK TV c0verage, it should be on the website though.


V8 Supercar

– Surfers Paradise
– Surfers Paradise, Australia
www.v8supercar.com.au
This is the event A1GP should have been attending 😦

FIA GT

– Zolder
– Zolder, Belgium
www.fiagt.com
– Live on MotorsTV at 12pm
– Season finale


FIA Euro Touring Cup

– Braga, Portugal
www.fiaetcc.com
– Live on Eurosport at 12.45pm

This is the annual standalone event inviting S2000 touring car teams and drivers from various European national series to come and race against the entrants from the WTCC’s ‘Independent’ class (manufacturer teams are barred). Could be entertaining.

Rally:

WRC

– Wales Rally GB

The final round of the WRC is a straight fight between Loeb and Hirvonen for the title. Coverage and Eurosport with highlights on Dave.

Motorbikes:

World Superbike

– Portimao, Portugal

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That’s it from me this week, as I say, I’m in a rush so if you spot any errors or other races to add please drop a note in the comments!

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

Weekend Preview: 17-18 October 2009

Various series the world over are coming to the end of their 2009 season and the weekends are becoming ever more sparse of racing, there are only a few short weeks until it stops completely, with seemingly only NASCAR continuing on into November, and of course Macau. In the meantime let’s enjoy the championships being decided!

Feature Events


FIA Formula 1 World Championship

– Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras do Brasil 2009
– Autodromo Carlos Pace
– Interlagos, São Paulo, Brazil
– (16/17)
www.f1.com

And so to Interlagos! This should be the season finale, such a great venue, much like Silverstone the atmosphere bleeds through the TV screen and into your living room and there aren’t many venues you can say that about. Yes the facilities are dire, the place is falling to bits and the resurfaced track sort of emphasises it but we don’t care. Interlagos is a modern classic and what’s more, ANYTHING can happen there!

This is the penultimate round of the season and could be the championship decider and for those in Europe and the Americas it is at a really favourable time so you really have no excuses, you must watch this race.

Button leads Barrichello by 14 points and Vettel by 16 points, with 20 still on the table.

For Button to win the title, he must:
– Simply finish 3rd or better at this race regardless of what Barrichello and Vettel do. If JB finishes 3rd it puts him on 91pts which is the maximum score RB can achieve this season, and Jenson would win the tiebreak (most wins).

For Barrichello to win the title, he must:
– Score 1 x 1st and 1 x 4th or better from the last two races, and that’s assuming Button does not score in either race. Long shot.

For Vettel to win the title, he must:
– Win both races and hope the Brawns have terrible weekends! He can still do it – just as Kimi did in 2007 when he came from 17 down with two races to go to win the title.

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE from 4pm Sunday.

US TV: LIVE on SPEED from 11.30am ET Saturday.


FIM MotoGP

– Iveco Australian Grand Prix
– Phillip Island
– Victoria, Australia
– (15/17)
www.motogp.com
– with 250cc, 125cc

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE at 5.45am Sunday (highlights 12pm, full-length repeats may be on Red Button before the F1?)

US TV: DELAYED on SPEED at 6pm ET Sunday.

Since the TV coverage utterly sucks because it is not live, listen in live to www.radiolemans.com at 10.45pm UK / 5.45pm ET US.

Other Events

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

– Bank of America 500
– Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
www.nascar.com
– UK TV: SKY SPORTS 2, Saturday night (Sunday morning) 12.30am
– US TV: LIVE on ABC, Saturday 7pm ET


NASCAR Nationwide Series

– Dollar General 300
– Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
www.nascar.com
– US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2, Saturday 7.30pm ET (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:

Super GT

– Autopolis, Japan

Other:

BRSCC Formula Ford Festival

– Formula Ford Festival
– Brands Hatch, Kent, England, UK

The long-running Festival remains the event all F.Fordsters want to win, and long may it be so. A host of ‘name’ drivers have won the Festival over the years on their way to stardom and it looks as though this year’s crop will be no exception with the likes of Newgarden and Cole certain to rise up the junior series ladder over the next few years with an eye on F1, or perhaps sportcars or IndyCars.

The main event is for the Duratec-engined cars but as always there is a support event for the Kent cars, and a return this year of a separate race for the Zetecs.
A final note – if you are reading this from the US, or are just interested in American talent outside of ovals, and want to keep up with the latest on Newgarden in the Duratecs and the Team USA Scholarship drivers in the Kent race, you’d do well to keep up with Junior Open Wheel Talent.


Euroseries 3000

– Monza, Italy


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