BTCC switches to ITV for 2002

The organisers of the British Touring Car Championship have clinched a deal to televise the series on ITV for the next two years

BTCC switches to ITV for 2002

All 10 rounds of next year's BTCC will be shown on ITV's network of major regions on Saturday afternoons, the week after each race. The hour-long programmes, which will be produced by Granada Sport, will always be shown between 1.30pm and 3pm.

The deal between British Motorsport Promoters and Granada marks the end of the long-running relationship between the BTCC and BBC Grandstand. It also ends months of speculation and doubt over the future of the BTCC on TV.

Series director Richard West said: "This is a superb deal for the championship and its competitors. I am delighted we have reached an agreement with Granada Sport, and I'd like to thank them for their strenuous efforts in helping put this deal together.

"We have worked hard to deliver regular one-hour slots that will portray the series in the best light. The fact that seven of the events will follow on from Formula 1 qualifying is a tremendous endorsement of a series that continues to go from strength to strength."

Granada Sport's managing director Jim Raven said: "Next to F1, we believe the BTCC to be the most prestigious motorsport series in the UK and we're delighted to welcome it to the ITV family."

The regions that have already committed to showing the BTCC are LWT, Meridian, Anglia, Granada, Yorkshire, Tyne Tees, Broder TV, Channel and Central. The deal includes an option for a third year.

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