*Primetime weekday slot for exciting bespoke programme
*British drivers Chilton and Huff to star in new broadcast
Fans of the FIA World Touring Car Championship living in the United Kingdom will be able to watch even more coverage of the all-action international motorsport series following the signing of a multi-year agreement between Quest TV and WTCC promoter Eurosport Events.
Operated by Discovery Networks Western Europe, Quest TV provides factual, lifestyle, entertainment programmes and other imported material on cable, satellite and digital television in the UK.
Starting this week, Quest TV will broadcast an hour-long show, World Touring Cars, at 19h00 on the Tuesday following each of the remaining four races in this season’s WTCC. The programme will be presented and produced by respected motorsport broadcaster Neil Cole in partnership with the production team at Eurosport Events led by Sebastian Tiffert. It will focus on top British racers Tom Chilton and Rob Huff with exclusive footage of the pair on track and behind-the-scenes in the WTCC to be included in the exciting programmes.
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, said: “This is not only great news for the WTCC and its many fans living in the UK, but it’s also another example of the benefits and opportunities we enjoy through our close collaboration with our colleagues at Discovery. Story telling is essential in our role as the championship promoter. Tom Chilton and Rob Huff are established frontrunners in the WTCC so we expect their efforts and personalities outside the car to make for great viewing.”
Simon Downing, Quest Channel Director, said: “We are delighted to have concluded this exciting deal with Eurosport Events to show a dedicated WTCC programme on UK television. British fans have a reputation for their enthusiasm for motorsport of all kinds and a great deal of knowledge too so we hope this new programme will further fuel their motorsport fix.”
Factory LADA driver Rob Huff, who won the WTCC title in 2012 and produced one of the drives of his career in Japan last weekend to charge through from P13 on the grid to third at the flag, said: “Racing around the world means it’s not necessarily possible for fans to get the chance to watch Tom and I competing, so any additional TV coverage in the UK is obviously great news. The fact that the focus will be on the British drivers in the WTCC makes it even better.”
World Touring Cars will be shown as follows: WTCC Race of Japan (19h00, 15 September); WTCC Race of China (19h00, 29 September); WTCC Race of Thailand (19h00, 3 November); WTCC Race of Qatar (19h00, 1 December).