Qualifying live on itv.com
ITV’s unrivalled coverage of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will extend even further in 2011 with, for the first time, all ten of the season’s qualifying sessions being shown live on the network’s itv.com website.
The UK’s largest commercial television network already provides the BTCC with what is by far the biggest TV coverage in UK motor sport. Its 2011 coverage will again include seven-hour-plus live broadcasts from all ten race events on both its ITV4 and new ITV4 HD channels (see timings below) – plus 60-minute highlights on both ITV1 and ITV4.
However, ITV has today also confirmed its live online broadcasts of Saturday’s all-important half-hour qualifying sessions that decide the starting grid order for the first of Sunday’s three BTCC races. This is on top of itv.com’s already-strong BTCC content that includes live-streaming of ITV4’s race day coverage plus a library of race highlights as well as dedicated news and podcasts.
Simon Parry, Programme Editor for ITV Sport, said: “The BTCC provides our audiences with sporting drama of the highest order and what they see on a Sunday is often a direct result of what happens in Saturday’s qualifying sessions. We were very pleased with the results having experimented with live online coverage of qualifying for last year’s Finals Day fixture so this is a natural progression as itv.com’s sporting content continues to expand and also attract an ever-growing audience. We’re delighted to add yet another dimension to our BTCC coverage.”
Live race day BTCC coverage on ITV4, ITV4 HD & ITV.COM in 2011:
Round/Circuit, Date, Transmission time
1. Brands Hatch Indy, Sun 3 April, 11.00am-6.00pm
2. Donington Park, Sun 17 April, 11.00am-6.00pm
3. Thruxton, Sun 1 May, 11.00am-6.00pm
4. Oulton Park, Sun 5 June, 11.30am-6.00pm
5. Croft, Sun 19 June, 11.30am-6.00pm
6. Snetterton, Sun 7 Aug, 11.00am-6.00pm
7. Knockhill, Sun 4 Sept, 11.00am-6.00pm
8. Rockingham, Sun 18 Sept, 11.00am-6.00pm
9. Brands Hatch GP, Sun 2 Oct, 11.00am-6.00pm
10. Silverstone, Sun 16 Oct, 11.00am-6.30pm
* All times subject to change
Broadcast times on ITV1 and ITV4 will be announced soon – more information will be provided via the official btcc.net website’s ‘Calendar’ section.