British GT races to be broadcast live on Front Runner

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British GT Championship races will be broadcast live on free-to-air sports channel Front Runner throughout the 2017 season.

Fans will be able to watch all UK rounds of the series, as well as those of its MINI Challenge support category, thanks to a new deal with the UK’s newest sports free-to-air sports channel.

Launched in October 2016, Front Runner is currently available in 19 million homes across the country via all major TV platforms, including Freeview, FreeSat, TalkTalk, YouView, Sky and BT TV.

The 2017 season will be the first in British GT’s 25-year history to feature live coverage from every UK round, having been previously covered by Motors TV and Channel 4.

The British GT Championship features more than 30 supercars which have been specifically prepared for racing, including prestige brands such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Porsche.

GT racing is traditionally seen as an endurance discipline and British GT features two drivers per car. Driver changes take place during pit-stops when tyres are also replaced and fuel added. Race durations vary and can last one, two or three hours.

Front Runner’s Ryan Scarratt said: “We’re delighted to be broadcasting live British GT on Front Runner.

“I’m sure British GT fans everywhere will be tuning in to watch all the action as it happens this season.

“Offering more live sports is certainly an area of focus for us this year: we screened the 24H Series Dubai live in January; live darts is coming to Front Runner screens this month; and there will be British GT in April.

“There are exciting times ahead for sports fans across the UK.”

British GT Championship manager Benjamin Franassovici added: “This is fantastic news for British GT, their drivers and teams, who together with Front Runner now have a platform capable of reaching millions of new and existing fans.

“It’s really exciting to be bucking the trend of motor racing, and sport in general, by offering live free-to-air coverage throughout our 25th anniversary season.

“There’s nothing quite like seeing Ferraris, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis battling for real on track, but at least now anyone unable to attend our races needn’t miss out on the action at home.”

Oulton Park’s two 60-minute British GT races kick off the season on Easter Monday (April 17) – the first time that particular round has aired live – before the championship visits Rockingham for a two-hour contest a fortnight later (April 30).

Snetterton’s double header then takes centre stage on May 28 ahead of the championship’s blue riband, three-hour Silverstone 500 event on June 11.

Spa-Francorchamps, British GT’s only race outside the UK, isn’t covered by Front Runner’s deal, but the channel’s live coverage does return in time for Brands Hatch’s penultimate round of the season on August 6.

Donington Park then closes the campaign and most likely decides this year’s GT3 and GT4 champions on September 24.

Home to a number of action sports, Front Runner is starting to build a presence in live sports coverage, including motorsport and darts.

Its output also includes a varied range of lifestyle and documentaries from the worlds of motorsport, ice hockey, professional fighting and poker.

Front Runner, the UK’s first and only free sports channel, is available on Freeview channel 91, FreeSat 250, YouView/TalkTalk/BT 91 and Sky 468.

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