ITV4 continues BRDC Formula 4 highlights in 2014

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The BRDC F4 Championship will continue to be shown free-to-air television after series organisers MotorSport Vision confirmed an extended agreement with ITV for the 2014 season.

Continuing the arrangement from the inaugural series in 2013, an hour-long standalone show will be screened one week after each of the events in a prime-time Sunday evening slot on ITV4 and in high-definition on ITV4 HD.

BRDC Formula 4 was created by former driver and MSV boss Jonathan Palmer to help assist young drivers in their attempts to bridge the gap between junior single-seater formulae and a potential career in the sport’s top tier of grand prix racing.

In addition to the regular Sunday broadcast, each ITV4 programme will be available to view online via ITV Player and on mobile devices following each broadcast, plus there will also be a further weekday evening repeat.

As in 2013, the programmes will include highlights of all three races from each weekend, as well as a sample of the pre-race build up, podium celebrations and post-race interviews.

Each show will also include extensive profile features on the young aspiring Formula 1 drivers that compete in the championship.

Niall Sloane, ITV’s director of sport said: “I’m delighted ITV4 will again be able to bring viewers the opportunity to see the very best of young British single-seater driving talent fighting it out in an increasingly important championship.

“The coverage of this series adds to the strength of ITV4’s motorsport portfolio.”

BRDC Formula 4 is part of ITV4’s varied line-up of motorsports coverage in 2014 which leads with live British Touring Car Championship action, alongside World Rally Championship and British Superbikes highlights.

MSV chief executive Jonathan Palmer commented: “I am delighted that BRDC F4’s partnership with ITV4 has been extended for 2014.

“We will once again enjoy a prime-time Sunday evening slot for our highlights show, which is much appreciated by our teams and drivers.

“I’m also pleased that ITV has demonstrated its commitment and support to our championship by expanding its level of coverage for this season. 

“With full grids of 26 cars expected for this season and many exceptionally talented drivers already committed, some of whom will be making their first steps into car racing, the races will make for compelling viewing!”

Racing in identical cars, the BRDC Formula 4 series has been designed to offer a new low-cost route into professional single-seater racing in the UK.

The 2014 season comprises of eight rounds and begins at Silverstone on April 26 and ends on October 26 at Snetterton, where each event will feature three races.

For further information on the BRDC Formula 4 series visit the official website.

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