ASCAR: ASCAR 2002 TV package

Nationwide Channel 4 tv deal for oval racing series Remember Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder"? The same thrills will be seen for real on Channel 4, when the entire 2002 ASCAR racing series will be televised in a series of programmes, to be shown...

Nationwide Channel 4 tv deal for oval racing series

Remember Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder"? The same thrills will be seen for real on Channel 4, when the entire 2002 ASCAR racing series will be televised in a series of programmes, to be shown on Saturday mornings. The series, which features races on Britain's first banked oval racing circuit in a generation at Rockingham, near Corby in Northamptonshire, offers ultra close, 180mph action, with the added excitement of driving within a hairsbreadth of a solid concrete wall.

The races will be shown as part of Channel 4's Saturday morning coverage of British motorsport, which also includes Formula 3 and GT racing. ASCAR is a new form of motor sport in Europe featuring the thrills and spills of American oval racing. All the cars have the same specification, with an American 500bhp V8 engine and a choice of three body styles. The only difference is the set-up of each car and the driver, which leads to very close racing and the lead continually changing.

2002 will also be the first season for ASCAR in Europe, with six meetings at Rockingham in the UK and six at Eurospeedway in Germany. The starting flag will wave on 9 May at Rockingham, with the first races being broadcast in the following weeks.

"The agreement is great news for everybody involved. It offers Channel 4 an exciting new form of motor racing and offers ASCAR competitors exceptional coverage for their sponsors and supporters" said Eve Hewitt, Marketing Director of Rockingham Motor Speedway. "ASCAR, which started from scratch last year, has already established itself as a key British motor sport series and looks set to become one of the most popular championships with racing enthusiasts and casual spectators alike."

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