Tom Kristensen: Racing legend, forgotten Super GT alumni

“Mr. Le Mans” Tom Kristensen turns 49 years old today, and with that, we look back at Kristensen’s oft-forgotten exploits in Japan that included a brief tenure in what was then known as the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC).

Before Kristensen won the 24 Hours of Le Mans a record nine times from 1997 to 2013, before being crowned World Endurance Drivers’ Champion in 2013, his six victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring, and victories in both the British Touring Car Championship and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, Kristensen raced in virtually every series there was to race in Japan from 1992 to 1997. Continue reading Tom Kristensen: Racing legend, forgotten Super GT alumni

Former Super GT broadcaster Motors TV in huge trouble

Motors TV, one of the foremost broadcasters of international motorsport in both the United Kingdom and France, has apparently been taken off the air according to numerous reports.

The channel has been de-listed from both Sky TV and Virgin Media’s programming guides, and has now stopped broadcasting from their Astra satellite – meaning that unlike previous instances when the channel was de-listed, it is no longer accessible via manual tuning.

David Nelson of F1 Broadcasting has reported that Motors TV has been placed into the French version of receivership on May 31st due to ongoing financial issues, and now it seems unlikely that the channel will return to air.

From 2006 to 2007, Motors TV carried the Super GT series as part of its lineup of motorsport programming, headlined by the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. Demand had been high for the series to return in subsequent years, but Super GT never seemed to fit in the plans thereafter.

For 2016, Super Formula highlights were added to Motors TV’s lineup of programming, as the series’ recent acquisitions of ex-F1 star Kamui Kobayashi and top prospect Stoffel Vandoorne, plus the international success of series veterans Andre Lotterer and Kazuki Nakajima, drove up demand for the series internationally. However, the deal may be done after just two races.

And of more importance to the racing world at large, one of the last remaining free-to-air, dedicated motorsport channels around is seemingly no longer after over a decade of broadcasting. It’s not quite over yet, but the situation isn’t looking good.

Suzuka Official Test Guide (UPDATED JULY 5)

Super GT will have a two-day test session at Suzuka Circuit from 8-9 July, in preparation for the 45th International Suzuka 1000km this August.

SCHEDULE

Friday, 8 July
Test Session 1: 10:00-12:00 JST
Test Session 2: 14:00-16:00 JST

Saturday, 9 July
Test Session 3: 09:00-11:00 JST
Test Session 4:  13:55-15:55 JST

For those wishing to follow along from all over the world, here is a table with the start times for each session, converted to several major time zones: Continue reading Suzuka Official Test Guide (UPDATED JULY 5)

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