British Eurosport weekend preview

This weekend British Eurosport provides extensive coverage as Curitiba in Brazil hosts the opening round of the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship and the second round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Throughout the 2010...

This weekend British Eurosport provides extensive coverage as Curitiba in Brazil hosts the opening round of the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship and the second round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Throughout the 2010 WTCC season British Eurosport will provide exclusive LIVE coverage from every round. Then, from the fourth round in Italy and for every European round, viewers can enjoy coverage in stunning high definition on Eurosport HD.

The Eurosport Player will also offer video on demand coverage of every race from both the WTCC and IRC series.

Eurosport commentator Martin Haven will be joined in the commentary booth by a new partner for the 2010 WTCC season and Haven feels this will bring a new dynamic to Eurosport's coverage:

"Former two-time British Touring Car champion and World Touring Car driver James Thompson will be joining the commentary team this season and it will be great to have him on board with his knowledge and experience," he said.

Thompson won the BTCC title in 2002 and 2004 and followed this up with five successful seasons on the world stage in the WTCC. He will join Haven for the first round of the series from Brazil, where Haven thinks the conditions will favour local driver Augusto Farfus:

"Curitiba will be hot with high altitude which should play nicely into the hands of the turbo diesels. It's also the home track of Augusto Farfus who was born in Curitiba. The Brazilian will partner Priaulx in BMW's RBM team, which will be BMW's main thrust this season. It will be interesting to see how that works as Priaulx has never had a season-long team mate before and has always been a one-man team in the past."

Three-time champion Andy Priaulx will lead the way for the British contingent as he seeks a fourth world title for BMW. In the Chevrolet team, Rob Huff will begin his sixth consecutive WTCC season aiming for his first championship win.

This season Huff and Priaulx will be joined by young Brit Harry Vaulkhard who makes the step up to the series following two seasons in the British Touring Car Championship. The 24-year-old will race independently for Bamboo Engineering in a 2008-spec Chevrolet Lacetti.

After becoming the oldest world champion in motorsport history, at the age of 47 in 2009, Italian Gabriele Tarquini returns to defend his WTCC crown this season with a SEAT Leon TDI run by SR-Sport.

Meanwhile in the second round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, drivers will be presented with the first gravel rally of the season in the 15-stage race at Curitiba.

Defending champion, Britain's Kris Meeke, is the only IRC regular making the trip to Brazil who has contested the event before. His Peugeot UK crew won in Curitiba last season and will be looking for another strong performance after crashing out in the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally in January.

Britain's other challenger, Skoda UK driver Guy Wilks finished sixth at Monte Carlo and will look to build on this in Brazil.

Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby is looking forward to the South American challenge facing drivers:

"After the icy thrills of Monte Carlo, the Intercontinental Rally Challenge heads to South America for the first of two rounds on the continent.

"Since Skoda announced a full programme for Guy Wilks it will be a resumption of sporting hostilities with arch rival and good friend, defending champion Kris Meeke. Both will contest the entire season and after a tough opening rally, both will be keen to impress.

"With a dramatic backdrop assured in Curitiba as well as unrivalled on-board footage which wowed the audience in Monte Carlo, doubtless the thrills and the odd spill will be to the fore once more."

Join British Eurosport this weekend for extensive LIVE coverage from the opening round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship and coverage from both race days in the second round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Friday 5 March
2300-2330 IRC Day One on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD*

Saturday 6 March
1900-1945 LIVE WTCC Qualifying on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD*
2300-2330 IRC Day Two on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD*

Sunday 7 March
1315-1345 LIVE WTCC Warm-Up on British Eurosport 2
1700-1815 LIVE WTCC Race One on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD*
1815-1915 LIVE WTCC Race Two on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD*
2230-0000 WTCC Highlights on British Eurosport 2

* Event is shown on Eurosport HD in up-scaled standard definition.

Please note that while all information is accurate at the time of writing, schedules are subject to change.

British Eurosport is available on Sky (Channel 410) and Virgin Media (Channel 521).

British Eurosport 2 is available on Sky (Channel 411) and Virgin Media (Channel 525).

Eurosport HD is a simulcast of Eurosport International and is available on Sky (Channel 412).

-source: eurosport

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Series Other rally , WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , James Thompson , Guy Wilks , Kris Meeke , Augusto Farfus , Rob Huff , Gabriele Tarquini , Harry Vaulkhard