2000: Renault UK Motorsport reaches deal with ITV

Major ITV deal for Renault Championships. Television coverage of this year's Renault UK championships gets a massive boost with race highlights shown during daytime on weekends across four of ITV's biggest regions. Rounds from five circuits...

Major ITV deal for Renault Championships.

Television coverage of this year's Renault UK championships gets a massive boost with race highlights shown during daytime on weekends across four of ITV's biggest regions.

Rounds from five circuits are being shown in a new motorsport programme called Motorsport UK on Granada, Meridian, Anglia and Tyne Tees. Combined, the four regions account for over a third of the entire ITV network, reaching approximately 8.2 million homes across the UK.

Last Sunday, 28th April, Granada was the first of the four regions to broadcast the previous weekend's action from its local race track, Oulton Park. Meridian will broadcast footage from Brands Hatch and Thruxton later in the year. Anglia is planning to broadcast a support race highlights show directly after its Saturday afternoon British Touring Car Championship programme. Tyne Tees will show highlights of Croft's July race meeting.

In addition, the entire ITV network is broadcasting a dedicated weekly Thursday night/Friday morning motorsport magazine - also called Motorsport UK - exclusively featuring the British Touring Car Championship's four core support championships: Formula Renault and Elf Clio Renaultsport UK Cup, plus Michelin Porsche Cup and Formula Ford Zetecs. Motorsport UK, 30 minutes in length, will run for 26 weeks. Depending on regional schedules, each programme will also be repeated across the majority of the ITV network on the following Sunday night/Monday morning.

Granada Sport, which produces Motorsport UK, has also announced that, beginning in May, the programme will also feature on its satellite and digital motoring channel Men & Motors on Friday evenings. This will switch to Thursday evenings from June onwards.

Jim Raven, Managing Director of Granada Sport, commented: "I am delighted to have added coverage of the support races to the BTCC package we have already agreed, as I know they are the best championships of their kind in Britain and will provide highly entertaining programming for our viewers.

"Our commitment to providing ITV viewers with the best motor racing action is demonstrated again with the support race package joining BTCC and Formula One."

Tim Jackson, Renault UK's Press & PR Director, said ITV and Granada Sport's coverage of Renault's two championships was terrific news for everyone involved.

He commented: "This is the biggest and most attractive television agreement in Renault UK's motorsport history - in terms of exposure it marks the start of a new era for Formula Renault and the Clio Cup championships. ITV and Granada Sport's expertise in producing sports programmes also leaves us in no doubt that the end product will also be of the highest quality." <pre> Forthcoming Renault ITV broadcast schedules include:

Date Time Channel Featuring

Friday, 3rd May 02.50 ITV Network Formula Renault, Rd1 Brands Hatch

Monday, 6th May 03.00 ITV Network Formula Renault, Rd1 Brands Hatch

Friday, 10th May 02.50 ITV Network Elf Clio Cup, Rd2 Oulton Park

Monday, 13th May 03.00 ITV Network Elf Clio Cup, Rd2 Oulton Park

Friday, 31st May 02.50 ITV Network Formula Renault, Rd2 Oulton Park

Monday, 3rd June 03.00 ITV Network Formula Renault, Rd2 Oulton Park

*All times are approximate - please check listings. Scottish and Grampian regions - Thursday night/Friday showing of Motorsport UK is approximately 01.55.

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