1st – 7th November 2008 (Sky Channel 413, Virgin Media 545)
V8 Supercar Championship – DELAYED-AS-LIVE
The twelfth round of Australia’s answer to a family saloon series travels to, err, Bahrain obviously, where the V8 regulars will be tackling one of Hermann Tilke’s less popular designs. The circuit was built to host the F1 brigade but has become a firm favourite amongst travelling championships since opening in 2004 and the Supercar posse are no exception. Motors TV’s coverage kicks off with qualifying in full before the race starts an hour later.
V8 Supercars, Round 12, BahrainFriday, 7th November, 20:00 – DELAYED-AS-LIVELe Mans Series Review
Question: How can a team win four of five rounds and still miss out on both drivers and manufacturers championships? Answers on a postcard to Peugeot Total Sport, France...Alternatively, re-live the proverbial diesel pie catching the French marque square in the chops during this three hour LMS review. It’s all quite predictable until the last race at Silverstone where Audi, clearly disgruntled at being on the wrong end of a year-long hiding, dealt the Lion a lesson in endurance racing. Never has the phrase ‘Stealing defeat from the jaws of victory’ been more appropriate.
LMS ReviewSunday, 2nd November, 21:00
Highlights of the championship’s 15th and final round come from Portugal where the locals have been busy building a brand new circuit. The World Superbike lads will be the first to sample the facility which, being straight out the box and all, is bound to have its fair share of teething problems, something that usually guarantees unpredictable racing. Veteran Troy Bayliss secured his third world crown in France but will nevertheless be looking to sign off in style before his imminent retirement.
World Superbikes, Round 15, PortimaoThursday, 6th November, 21:00
Indy Lights Season Review
He might be a long way from home but Dillon Battistini has caused quite a stir in North-American open-wheel racing this year. Much like Mansell back in ’93, the former Asian F3 champion rocked up and duly went about putting the Indy Lights establishment’s nose out of joint by winning. On his debut. On an oval. Some feat for a chap who even the most seasoned of racing pundits would have struggled to recognise before the 2008 campaign. A further three victories later and Battistini stands on the cusp of an Indycar drive. Probably best do your homework now then and impress your mates by watching this season’s review show.
Indy Lights ReviewSaturday, 1st November, 21:00
Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Cup
For the uninitiated, Formula Palmer Audi's Autumn Cup is quite a big deal. There might only be two venues but the six races that form the calendar could be the most important in a young driver’s career. The winner gets an automatic place alongside the five other Mclaren Autosport Award finalists in one of the most respected prizes in motorsport. And the best bit? Just about any Tom, Dic or Harry can have a go. Provided you’re under 21 and have a bit of spare cash, naturally. FPA, Autumn Cup, Brands HatchThursday, 6th November, 19:20
The Fast Lane
Proudly sporting more ASBOs than your typical young offenders institute and looking like it’s just crashed through a local Hallfords Superstore, the James Hunt of motoring programmes returns for its third instalment. One assumes The Fast Lane boys were out on day release when they test drove the Subaru Forester XTEn, not exactly an Escalade, but nevertheless still the world’s fastest production SUV. There’s also a chance for one of those X-Factor-esque tension moments when things don’t look good for the Spy Guide’s decrepit Esprit. Although given this is a 13 part series, it’s probably safe to assume everything turns out okay. The Fast Lane – Part 3Tuesday, 3rd November, 21:00