The Duo BRDC F4 Championship will receive increased television coverage in 2015, with post-event broadcasts of all rounds on ITV and BT Sport as in 2014, plus the new addition of live coverage from five of the main season’s eight rounds on Motors TV.
ITV4 and ITV4 HD will show highlights of all eight rounds, one week after the event, in a one-hour standalone programme at prime-time on Sunday evenings. These programmes will feature highlights of every race weekend’s three races, as well as the pre-race build-up, podium celebrations, post-race interviews, and behind-the-scenes features on the drivers. Once aired on the ITV network, the highlights show will be accessible to view online and on mobile devices via ITV Player. The programme will also be screened on BT Sport.
In a new development for 2015, Motors TV will live-broadcast one F4 race from five of the six rounds where BRDC F4 co-headlines with British GT. (The only round that won’t receive live coverage, because it’s on a Monday, is the Easter meeting at Oulton Park.) The free-to-air Motors TV coverage of British GT and BRDC F4 meetings will broadcast in the UK on Sundays from midday to 6pm, as well as being transmitted to 41 other European countries.
Importantly for drivers and sponsors from South America, highlights programmes will also be broadcast across that continent by Fox Sports Latin America.
Niall Sloane, ITV’s Director of Sport, commented: “BRDC F4 is an important part of ITV4’s motorsport offering, bringing viewers the impact of closely-fought races and an insight into talented drivers at a key stage of their careers.”
Frédéric Viger, Motors TV’s Head of Programming and Acquisitions, said: “Motors TV is well known for its commitment to junior motorsport so the addition of BRDC F4 is very welcome indeed. It’s sure to be one of the very best places to catch stars of the future cutting their teeth on the road to Formula 1, and the fierce competition it’s bound to generate ensures viewers are in for a very exciting season.”
Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of Duo BRDC F4 promoter MSV, said: “The addition of live TV broadcasts to our excellent post-event highlights programmes is more good news for BRDC F4. The championship will be seen on TV in many more households across Europe this year as well as reaching bigger trackside audiences now that it co-headlines with British GT. It’s also good news to secure continued TV coverage across South America, which is of value to a significant number of our drivers.”