Motors TV Weekly Highlights


 You’ve got to love the FIA GT championship. Whilst the F1 calendar is butchered of its historic venues in favour of ultra-modern, high-tech copycat facilities in far flung lands, the sportscar boys like nothing more than a bit of nostalgia.

 There’s romanticism about the circuits they visit which harks back to the golden age of endurance racing whilst somehow retaining the prestige of a contemporary championship. Just take the San Luis complex in Argentina, home to the FIA GT brigade’s season finale; It might be brand new and conform to every safety measure the FIA can throw at it but that hasn’t stopped the organisers from building the course around the edge of a volcano! There’s even a vast natural lake in the middle. It’s a stunning place, where Monte Carlo’s Col de Turini meets Targa Florio, a setting as majestic as any for the Driver’s title showdown. Simply put, motorsport doesn’t get any better than this.    

FIA GT, Round 10, San LuisSunday, 23rd November, 16:00 - LIVEV8 Supercars - DELAYED-AS-LIVE

The V8 Supercars championship makes the 150 mile trip across the Bass Straits to Tasmania for the penultimate round of the 2008 season. The Symmons Plains raceway has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for Holden during the last decade and the series’ fleet of Commodores will be looking to continue that trend. Jamie Whincup’s triumph at the wheel of a Ford last year however suggests that the Blue Oval should be a force again in 2008 with the championship leader in strong contention once again.

V8 Supercars, Round 13, Symmons PlainsSunday, 23rd November, 13:00 – DELAYED-AS-LIVE

 ALMS Review

The stars of the American Le Mans Series come out to play one more time in 2008 for Motors TV’s four hour long review-fest. Perennial title protagonists Audi were up to their usual tricks with the team’s pair of diesel-powered R10s comfortably seeing off all-comers in P1. That’s not to say the season wasn’t a classic; far from it in fact. Strong showings from Porsche and Acura in P2 kept the racing frantic and the results unpredictable whilst Peugeot’s presence at Sebring and Petit Le Mans bought with it an added enduro dimension. Be sure not to miss Allan McNish’s redemption at Road Atlanta; two laps down after a frank exchange of views with a tyre barrier during the formation lap provides the footnote for one of sportscar’s greatest comebacks.ALMS ReviewSunday, 23rd November, 19:30Formula Ford Festival

One of the most popular events on the British motorsport calendar comes to Motors TV with coverage of the Formula Ford Festival from Brands Hatch. A traditional stepping stone from Karts to fully-blown single-seaters, the championship has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. With no front or rear wings to provide downforce, the light, rudimentary machines rely solely on their skinny slick tyres for grip making the action fast and frenetic. A stand alone event from the main championship, the 33rd Festival returns to the Kent countryside where a series of heats will separate the men from boys before the all-important final.Formula Ford Festival, Brands HatchSaturday, 22nd November, 16:00

 British Rallycross Review

Great Britain has gone mad for Rallycross this year and with powerful, noisy cars and action-packed racing on display, it’s easy to see why. So popular has the championship become over the past 12 months that we’re offering the chance to re-live it all over again; that’s right impossibly sideways, rooster-tailing, mud splattering fans, a whole two hours dedicated to the story of the 2008 campaign. What’s that you say, still not enough action to scratch your Rallycross itch? Okay, how about we toss round seven of the British Open Series from Croft in just for good measure?  Can’t say fairer than that.

British Rallycross Review / Open Series, Round 7Saturday, 22nd November, 21:00 / Wednesday, 26th November, 19:00

The Fast Lane

This week the boys pit BMW’s 320 against Volvo’s C70 to find out which reigns supreme in the highly coveted but possibly made-up, “Best coupe with a folding metal roof” category. Meanwhile, the Spy Guide indulges itself in that most Bondesque of secret agent shenanigans, the snow ball fight, atop Switzerland’s Piz Gloria mountain, home to SPECTRE’s secret, and more than likely evil, headquarters from the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The Fast Lane, Episode 6Monday, 24th November, 21:00