Motors TV Weekend Highlights August 23,24

Rallye Deutschland heralds the return of daily World Rally Championship highlights as the Trier-based contest concludes a long summer of gravel rallies with 2014’s first all-tarmac event.Despite claiming his third victory of the season in Finland, Jari-Matti Latvala needs another faultless weekend in Germany to bridge VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier’s 44-point advantage. Meanwhile, fellow Polo R WRC pilot Andreas Mikkelsen has pulled clear of the five-way battle for fourth, currently held by compatriot Mads Ostberg.A similarly close season-long battle resumes in our delayed NASCAR Nationwide Series coverage from Bristol Motor Speedway.Chase Elliott leads the standings by 10 points from Regan Smith, with Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon just six and 18 further adrift, respectively. However, this season’s topsy-turvy nature means that only 52 covers the top-six, with Brian Scott and Trevor Bayne still in championship contention.A short hop to Alton sees our live TUDOR United SportsCar Championship coverage resume from the picturesque Virginia International Raceway.As Prototype machinery takes a break, focus shifts to extremely close GTLM and GTD battles, with just three points separating the latter’s leading two pairings. Meanwhile, front-running Prototype Challenge duo Jon Bennett and Colin Braun chase their fifth victory of 2014.Our eight-cylinder action continues with delayed V8 Supercars coverage from Sydney Motorsport Park, as Mark Winterbottom attempts to wrestle back the standings lead from Jamie Whincup.Triple Eight’s reigning champion regained the points advantage from FPR’s 33-year-old after a brace of victories in Ipswich, as Winterbottom once again failed to crack the top-five. Meanwhile, Craig Lowndes showed flashes of early-season form in Queensland, keeping Melbourne’s three-time champion firmly in the title-hunt.Elsewhere, our British F3 highlights resume from Hampshire’s fearsome Thruxton circuit.Following a poor performance in tricky conditions at Spa-Francorchamps, Martin Cao continues to chase his first series win after Matt Rao claimed the championship lead from China’s 22-year-old.Friday 22 August22:35 FIA World Rally Championship, Rd 9, Germany – Highlights (Day 1)Saturday 23 August11:30 FIA World Rally Championship, Rd 9, Germany – Highlights (Day 1)13:00 V8 Supercars, Rd 9, Sydney – Delayed-as-Live (Races 1&2)15:00 NASCAR Nationwide Series, Rd 23, Bristol – Delayed-as-Live17:20 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Hillclimb – Replay20:30 V8 Supercars, Rd 9, Sydney – Replay (Races 1&2)22:35 FIA World Rally Championship, Rd 9, Germany – Highlights (Day 2)Sunday 24 August11:35 FIA World Rally Championship, Rd 9, Germany – Highlights (Day 2)12:10 NASCAR Nationwide Series, Rd 23, Bristol – Highlights17:45 British F3, Rd 5, Thruxton – Highlights18:45 V8 Supercars, Rd 9, Sydney – Delayed-as-Live (Race 3)20:35 FIA World Rally Championship, Rd 9, Germany – Highlights (Day 3)21:00 LIVE TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Rd 11, Virginia International RacewayAll times are BST