Both the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship and the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin series will continue to benefit from comprehensive ITV television coverage for a minimum of three years, including the introduction of live broadcasts in High Definition.
Following a new three-year agreement with ITV Sport, the two British Touring Car Championship support series will once again enjoy live broadcasts from 2011 on ITV4 as well as the network’s new ITV4 HD channel to be launched soon. The new HD channel will mean the very best picture quality with sharper images, richer colours and amazing detail.
In addition to live Formula Renault UK and Clio Cup races (subject to TV scheduling and race meeting timetables), Renault Sport’s popular saloon-car and single-seater championships will benefit from live streaming via the www.itv.com website.
Furthermore, the two series will return to the popular Motorsport UK highlights show on ITV4 with a 32-week run of 30-minute broadcasts schedule for 2011. Each episode can also be replayed via the ITV Player on the ITV website for up to 30 days after the show has been aired.
Finally, Clio Cup rounds will continue to benefit from Renault Sport’s pioneering move to show complete footage of every race held on Sunday on its dedicated website www.renaultsport.co.uk/community/renaultsporttv/. The full race videos will be available to view free of charge and 24 hours a day.
Renault Sport Championship Promoter Simon North said: “We’re once again delighted with ITV’s planned coverage of the Renault Sport championships from next year as in addition to benefitting teams, drivers and their sponsors, it allows even more fans to watch great racing.
“To have Formula Renault UK and Clio Cup races broadcast in High Definition is also fantastic news and we’re also waiting on confirmation that Clio Cup races will once again feature live on-board cameras which was a pioneering new feature in 2010.”
Viewing figures for this year’s Motorsport UK episodes featuring Renault Sport rounds will be available later in the year. ITV4 is currently available to more than 85% of UK households via Freeview, cable and satellite platforms.