Motors TV December Highlights

 (Sky Channel 413, Virgin Media 545) V8 SUPERCARS: THE FINALE

Traditionally the V8 Supercars championship is the last to bring the curtain down on its season as it closes with the dawning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

This year Oran Park, a circuit just 45 minutes from the centre of Sydney, has the honour of hosting the final round. The track is short (2.2km) and has a crossover but will soon be torn down making this last race an emotional affair.

The championship race in V8 Supercars often comes down to the last round and the final two years have seen exciting title-deciding battles during the final race. Incredibly, considering there are 35 races each year with thousands of points up-for-grabs, in 2007, everything was decided in the final laps between Garth Tander and Jamie Whincup, the former defeating the latter by just two points!

As always, Motors TV switches to Australian time for this final round of the season: the race at Oran Park will be broadcast in full including qualifying and all three races, slightly delayed, to ensure fans miss nothing of the big finale in the Antipodes!

V8 Supercars – Round 14, Oran Park: Sunday 7 December from 14:30.

ASIAN FESTIVAL OF SPEED

The Asian Festival of Speed brings together motorsport disciplines from across Asia to race on the best circuits throughout the Continent as well as the Middle East. Included on the package are Formula BMW, Porsche Carrera Cup, Formula V6 and Touring Cars. The entry list is plentiful and spectacular for an event which meets regularly at circuits such as Sepang (Malaysia), Sakhir (Bahrain), Shanghai and Zuhai (China), Okayama (Japan), Sentul (Indonesia), Bira (Thailand) and Guia (Macau).

This winter Motors TV brings action from all of 2008’s races every Tuesday starting on 2 December with five special three-hour programmes.

Asian Festival of Speed: Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 December starting at 21:00.  20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANDROS TROPHEY

When winter arrives, the Andros Trophy begins and this year, ice racing’s most prestigious championship celebrates its 20th birthday. The competition kicks off in December and Alain Prost, accompanied by Olivier Panis, are back once more behind the wheel of their Toyota Aurises, with Prost looking to defend his title. Without doubt however there will be numerous challengers out to beat the former quadruple Formula One World Champion!

Motors TV will again broadcast extensive highlights of the Andros Trophy with a special 1h 30m programme from 6pm each Wednesday evening.

Andros Trophy – Val Thorens, Wednesday 10 December, Andora, Wednesday 17 December and Alpe d’Huez, Wednesday 24 December all at 18:00.

MORE OF THE BEST OF'S

They started in November, and now the ‘best of’ programmes continue in December. It’s your chance to re-live all the best moments from each of the ‘High Speed Television’ channel’s featured championships.

Here are the featured championships this month (with repeats throughout December):

Danish Rally Championship – starts on Saturday 6 December at 15:00.Intercontinental Rally Challenge – starts on Saturday 6 December at 17:00.F3 Euroseries – starts on Saturday 6 December at 21:00.DTM – starts on Sunday 7 December at 19:00.German Cross Country – starts on Wednesday 10 December 22:00. International GT Open – starts on Saturday 13 December at 15:00.Dutch Supercar Challenge – starts on Saturday 13 December at 16:00.European Superstock – starts on Saturday 13 December at 19:30.World Supersport – starts on Saturday 13 December at 21:00.World Superbike – starts on Sunday 14 December at 19:00.Scottish Mini Cooper – starts on Thursday 18 December at 19:00.THP Spider Cup – starts on Friday 19 December at 18:30.British Truck – starts on Friday 19 December at 22:00.South Ireland Rally – starts on Saturday 20 December at 15:00.British Cross Country – starts on Saturday 20 December at 16:00.European GT3 – starts on Saturday 20 December at 17:00.Scottish Motor Racing – starts on Wednesday 24 December at 19:30.V8 Supercars – starts on Sunday 28 December at 19:00.

NOT TO BE MISSED...

THE FAST LANE – The madcap magazine show unlike any other, this spectacular series has five episodes in December. Every Monday night at 21:00.

LONDON CUP – A prestigious karting event in the heart of London. A race which every young karter in the UK want to win!Wednesday 3 December 19:00.

TRANSAFRICAINE – The best moments of the Transafricaine Classic, which revives the spirit of the orignal Dakar Rally. Starts Saturday 27 December at 17:30.

LOTUS 60th ANNIVERSARY – A special programme celebrating the 60th birthday of the famous British marque Lotus. Wednesday 31 December 21:00.