Motors TV Weekly Highlights

27th September – 3rd October 2008. Channel 413 on Sky Digital and 545 on Virgin Media

Motocross of Nations - MX2

Think World Cup of bikes and you come somewhere close to describing the annual Motocross of Nations which brings down the curtain on this season’s scrambling scene. Competing across three classes with three different riders, this one-off event sees the planet’s top racers battling it out for one of the most coveted prizes in the sport. Staged at Donington Park for the first time, the strong British line-up will be hoping to scoop a title that has eluded them since 1994. 

MX2, Motocross of Nations, Donington Park Tuesday, 30th September, 21:00 Superbike School UK

The second instalment of UK televisions’ only motorcycle-based reality show sees the Barry Sheene wannabe’s take to the track where Sheela Nair and Derek Redmond will be learning to hit their markers with the Turn Points drill. Al Fagan gets to grips with the first of the School’s specialised machines, the Lean Bike, before delving further into the origins of the California Superbike School and meeting its creator Keith Code. Plus, the riders learn the Pickup Drill - the key to riding like a MotoGP god.

Superbike School UKTuesday, 30th September, 20:30

 Formula Palmer Audi

The one make-series returns for its final round of the season where Jason Moore will be hoping to wrap up the title over Silverstone’s grand prix circuit. No less than nine Formula Palmer Audi drivers have made it all the way to Formula One so it’s perhaps fitting that the venue be used for the season finale by the stars of tomorrow. Tom Bradshaw lies just 15 points behind Moore in the championship chase while Jolyon Palmer, son of former grand prix driver Jonathan, is only a further seven back. With a maximum 48 points still up for grabs over the final two races, expect plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. 

Formula Palmer Audi, Round 10, SilverstoneThursday, 2nd October, 20:30European Drag Racing

If going fast in a straight line is your cup of tea then you won’t want to miss Motors TV’s drag racing coverage this Thursday. Covering a standing quarter mile in around six seconds whilst head-butting the horizon at 200mph might seem pretty impressive performance figures for a car, but imagine it on a motorcycle? Madness. Nevertheless, they are exactly the sort of two-wheeled brutes a select few intrepid engineers from across the continent have designed to compete in the European Drag Racing Pro-Stock bike championship. Round four comes from Santa Pod where the slightly more sensible Pro Stock Funny Cars will also be in action.    

European Drag Racing, Round 4, Santa PodThursday, 2nd October, 20:00

 Cholomondeley Pageant of Power

The inaugural Pageant of Power comes to Motors TV this week as a selection of the world’s most celebrated, successful and rarest machines strut their stuff in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle. Set deep in the Cheshire countryside, racing cars, motorcycles, helicopters and powerboats from across the 20th and 21st centuries will demonstrate their speed and agility on the track, in the air and on the water. Expect a host of famous names from the world of motorsport to be there, including legendary sportscar racer Derek Bell who will be piloting the awesome 2003 Le Mans winning Bentley Speed 8. 

Cholomondeley Pageant of PowerFriday, 3rd October, 20:30

European Tractor Pulling - Part 2

The only motorsport that makes heroes of the agricultural community returns to Motors TV this week for part two of the European Tractor Pulling season. For those who remain baffled by the concept, it’s a chance for the local countryside community to get together and, in layman’s terms, flex their farm machinery’s muscles. One by one the dungaree clad competitors must use their tractors to haul an ever-increasingly stubborn sled from one side of a field to the other. Achieve a “full pull” and you’re in the next round. Fail to make the distance and it's back to the barn with you. Never has the phrase, “You have to see it to believe it” been more appropriate.     

European Tractor Pulling, Part 2Friday, 2nd October, 19:00