Motors TV February Highlights

LE TOUQUET ENDUROPALE - LIVE!It’s the most prestigious beach enduro in the world! Three hours racing across the whoops and ruts dug by the constant pounding of hundreds of motorbikes. Three hours of aching arms and hands. The fourth edition of the Enduropale, hosted by the city of Le Touquet and the FFM, will no doubt follow the tradition of its forefather, the Enduro du Touquet by providing a spectacular race.

Since its rebirth, the Enduropale has evolved to meet environmental pressures and also the explosion of a new mode of transport, quad bikes, leading to the creation of the ‘Quaduro’, which runs alongside the Enduropale. Motors TV has brought coverage of the Enduropale since its very first edition and continues this season bringing a thrilling weekend of motorbike and cross-country passion LIVE to your living room.

Le Touquet Enduropale – Sunday 22 February at 11:45. ANDROS TROPHY: THE FINAL

Ice racing’s most prestigious championship ends its 20th season this February with the Grand Finale at Superbesse. Alain Prost is fighting to win a third consecutive title, but will high-profile rivals Olivier Panis, Franck Lagorce or Jean-Philippe Dayraut succeed in defeating the quadruple Formula One World Champion?

Two weeks later Motors TV screens its annual Andros Trophy season review in a special ‘best of’ programme with two hours of the most exciting action of the 2008/09 season. Also included will be the Pilot Bike category containing all of ice racing’s two wheeled superstars.

The Andros Trophy, Final at Superbesse – Wednesday 4 February at 17:30.The Andros Trophy, Season Review – Friday 20 February at 18:00.

 AMA SUPERCROSS: THE AMERICAN DREAMIn the United States, AMA Supercross plays to packed stadiums across the country. It’s the NBA of motocross compared to the other national championships: a huge spectacle! Several tens of thousands of people attend each race, enjoying an explosive cocktail of huge ‘whoops’, outrageous jumps and exciting racing.

Motors TV will broadcast the entire AMA Supercross season, with coverage of both the Open and Lites categories, in an action-packed two hour show screened every Tuesday evening from 19:00. Not-to-be-missed!

Chase Field (Arizona) – rd 2 – Tuesday 3 February at 19:00.Angel Stadium (California) – rd 3 – Tuesday 10 February at 19:00.Reliant Stadium (Texas) – rd 4 – Tuesday 17 February at 19:00. AT&T Park (California) – rd 5 – Tuesday 24 February at 19:00.ARCA: THE NASCAR TRAINING GROUNDIt’s notoriously difficult for any top driver to switch directly to NASCAR and compete with the stalwarts of American Stock Car Racing. Recently, even the likes of Juan-Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve have had to find their feet before challenging the ‘good ol’ boys’ at their familiar oval battlegrounds.ARCA therefore is the ideal place to learn your trade. A championship forged in the image of NASCAR, it’s the ideal place to gain experience ahead of a future in America’s premier category. In 2008, the series’ headline maker was Scott Speed, the ex Toro Rosso Formula One star, who managed to re-invent himself as a stock car star-in-waiting after his return to the USA.

ARCA is screened every Saturday evening at 21:00.

Toledo – Saturday 7 February at 21:00.Pocono – Saturday 14 February at 21:00.Michigan – Saturday 21 February at 21:00.Kentucky – Saturday 28 February at 21:00. AUSTRALIA: THERE’S ALWAYS MORE ACTIONAs we wait for the resumption of the V8 Supercars championship in March, Motors TV instead searches for more motorsport gems from Down Under.V8 Lites is the official Supercars feeder category and lacks none of its big brother’s passion for racing. It features year-old cars from the main series and a whole host of drivers with top flight experience from racing in the endurance events at Phillip Island and Bathurst. The standard is high and you can follow the action every Wednesday evening.

After an hour of V8 Lite action, next up is the Aussie Racing Cars championship. The cars may be smaller and the series might be a little further down the motorsport ladder, but the show, at some of Australia’s best circuits, is just as exciting.

V8 Lites:Winton – Wednesday 4 February at 21:00.Oran Park – Wednesday 11 February at 21:00.

Aussie Racing Cars:Gold Coast – Wednesday 4 February at 22:00.Tasmania – Wednesday 11 February at 22:00.Oran Park – Wednesday 18 February at 22:00.

THE 24 HOURS OF DUBAIDeep in the motorsport off-season, the circuits of the Middle East offer a chance to escape the wintry conditions and race in sunnier climes, better conditions and in events that aren’t competing with high profile championships and races for media coverage. Over in Dubai it is now four years since their inaugural 24 Hour race, traditionally staged in January. The event marks the beginning of the endurance racing season, even though it is run to the strict rules laid down by the ACO and IMSA. The competition is opened up to GT and Touring cars run by the top teams and driven by a selection of renowned drivers, including, in 2009, Johnny Herbert.Motors TV is the official TV station of the event and brings action exclusively to your home.

Dubai 24 Hours – Saturday 7 February at 16:00.

 THE GT ACADEMY

Created by PlayStation and Nissan, the GT Academy is an eight-month international competition, which combines virtual and ‘real’ racing to allow two drivers to accomplish their dreams: to become a professional racing driver. With such a prize at stake, the selection process will be tough, with a judging panel including ex-F1 star Johnny Herbert. Who will win? Don’t miss February’s three episodes if you want to find out.

The GT Academy – Sunday 8, 15 and 22 February at 20:30.

THEMES OF THE WEEKIn February, make sure you don’t miss our special ‘themed’ programming every day of the week, from 21:00:

On Monday, 2, 9, 16 and 23 February: a CORR and WSORR special as we bring the best of American cross-country motorsport. The biggest manufacturers are all involved racing on some crazy tracks with the action often resulting in some in incredible accidents! The best of Off Road racing is honoured by the High Speed Television channel. This is followed by the OFFROAD A-Z, the programme dedicated to cross-country and the Canadian Rally Championship.

On Tuesday, 3, 10, 17 and 24 February: an AFOS (Asian Festival of Speed) special. The Asian motor racing series, contested in 2008, hosted some fascinating title battles in a variety of categories, including Formula BMW Pacific, Carrera Cup Asia and Formula V6 Asia.

On Thursday, 5, 12, 19 and 26 February: a GNCC special. The Grand National Cross Country championship is the biggest off-road moto-enduro in the USA.

On Friday, 6, 13, 20 and 27 February: a NZ Jetsprint and IHBA Dragboat special: two incredible motor boat championships which involve spectacular racing on spectacular courses!


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