Why you should watch… GT1

The new GT1 championship races at Silverstone this weekend

The new GT1 championship races at Silverstone this weekend

The new GT1 World Championship races is the first international series to compete on the revised Silverstone circuit this weekend. Guest writer Stephen Prater urges you to tune in and explains where to find coverage online.

The second round of the new FIA GT1 World Championship is at Silverstone this weekend with one race today and another tomorrow.

Among the drivers are Renault refugee Romain Grosjean and several other ex-Formula 1 racers.

This new championship got underway with an exciting round at Abu Dhabi two weeks ago. Now the drivers will tackle the revised circuit the F1 teams will race on in July.

There are ten rounds each with two one-hour races each. The grid contains twenty four cars (twelve teams of two cars each) and six different manufacturers: Aston Martin, Corvette, Nissan, Maserati, Ford, and Lamborghini.

At least one former F1 driver has already achieved more success in the new series than ever in his F1 career – Romain Grosjean and his team mate won the last race at Abu Dhabi driving a Ford GT.

Other drivers with previous F1 experience include Mika Salo, Ricardo Zonta, Enrique Bernoldi, Tomas Enge, and Jean-Denis D??l??traz. Additionally, several drivers have single seater experience in various lower formulae prior to joining this Championship.

The FIA GT1 World Championship takes over from the FIA GT Championship which ran from 1997-2009. 2010 marks the first year the FIA has approved a ??World Championship?? for GT racing since 1992.

Each team runs two drivers and the team must complete one mandatory pit stop to change drivers. The mandatory pit stop window opens approximately 25 minutes into the race.

The racing weekend is a full three days of action with practice on Friday, qualifying sessions and the qualifying race on Saturday and the championship race on Sunday.

The qualifying sessions mirror the format used in F1 and the grid for the qualifying race on Saturday is set according to the qualifying sessions. The finishing order of the qualifying race sets the grid for the Championship race on Sunday.

Points are awarded for only positions 1-3 in the Qualifying race and the Championship race points system is the same as the F1 system.

GT1 is broadcast on pay-per-view channel ESPN in Britain. Have a look at the TV guides page on their website to find out where it is being broadcast in your area.

If no-one is showing the races live in your area you can watch online for free. Qualifying and both races are streamed live on their website during every round.

The Qualifying Race starts at 4pm on Saturday and the Championship Race is on at 2pm on Sunday. See below for highlights from the Abu Dhabi qualifying race featuring some excellent overtaking by Grosjean:

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50 comments on Why you should watch… GT1

  1. RubinhoFan said on 1st May 2010, 15:12

    I it me or is everyone forgetting its 16 years since the death of the legendary Ayrton senna. There is no mention of it on this site or anywhere else.

  2. Robert McKay said on 1st May 2010, 15:25

    It’s also randomly shown on Bloomberg, for reasons I haven’t fathomed, although I don’t think either ESPN or them are showing it live this weekend.

    Qualifying Race
    Bloomberg – Delayed – 7.30pm till 9pm today
    ESPN – Delayed – 11.30pm till 1am today

    Championship Race
    ESPN – Delayed – 3.30pm till 5pm tomorrow
    Bloomberg – Delayed – 7pm till 9pm tomorrow

    Definitely worth a watch though…and Ben Edwards commentates for most of the rounds.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st May 2010, 15:26

      Bloomberg? I thought that was a financial channel?

      • Robert McKay said on 1st May 2010, 15:29

        I know, makes no sense! Watched the Abu Dhabi races on it…you still have a financial ticker scrolling along the bottom! :D

        • Rick DeNatale said on 1st May 2010, 16:25

          Yes, I caught the Abu Dhabi race on Bloomberg here in the colonies. Just happened to be flipping channels.

          And yes they had a ticker with commodity prices scrolling across the bottom of the screen,

          Very strange to see

          Corn — Gold — …
          rather than

          VET – HAM – MAS — ,,,

          Personally I was rooting for Gold!

        • Steezy said on 1st May 2010, 16:52

          Makes sense, all the stock market yuppies would watch the Lambo’s and the Aston Martin’s and use the race to decide which one to buy for the week.

          • BasCB said on 2nd May 2010, 19:53

            But they have to watch the price of gold and copper as well, to be sure they have the cash for it.

            Credit cards lost a lot of credit!

  3. I just watched some of their vids on their site and a few things struck me:

    – They sound amazing, esp. the Corvette’s
    – The new layout of Silverstone looks great
    – There seems to be so shortage of wheel to wheel racing (but highlights will do that)

  4. vet4snak said on 1st May 2010, 15:41

    i am sure keith is going to talk about it very soon

    on topic,
    i am VERY GLAD that they have the race online. superb

  5. mfDB said on 1st May 2010, 15:42

    Keith, where it says Corvette it should say Chevrolet.

    This series looks pretty cool, do you know if it’s on the US?

    • mfDB said on 1st May 2010, 15:43

      oops, just saw the free online part of your article.

    • Stephen_P83 said on 1st May 2010, 15:58

      You’re right, Chevrolet does make Corvette. I just put Corvette because I think a lot more people will identify with Corvette as a racing car instead of just Chevrolet. Not exactly correct, but I think everyone gets the intent.

      • KlBD said on 1st May 2010, 19:40

        Also, isn’t Corvette its own brand in Europe?

        • mfDB said on 1st May 2010, 23:17

          Yea, it looks like you’re right. Chevy just calls it a Corvette in Europe and the FIA GT1 website also just calls the car a Corvette, whereas the other cars go by their full names(Ford GT)…hmmm, I wonder how well the name Chevy is viewed in Europe, maybe they try to distance the Corvette name from Chevy to sell more of them over there….and here I thought I was just pointing out a typo…

  6. ajokay said on 1st May 2010, 15:56

    I’m off to the GT at Silverstone tomorrow. Have general grandstand tickets and so I’ll be trying to get around much of the new section as possible and hopefully take some good photos. However, because I had the nerve… the downright cheek, even, to buy sun block lotion mid-week, the heavens are due to be open for business all day tomorrow. Oh well, here’s hoping it provides plenty of slithering, spinning, and side-by-side racing that rain usually brings! Roll on tomorrow, very much looking forward to it.

  7. Robert McKay said on 1st May 2010, 16:17

    It’s on Bloomberg right now…Jeremy shaw and Johnny Herbert commentating I think on qualifying?

  8. Himmat said on 1st May 2010, 16:44

    Its awesome that they provide free coverage on their official website. Really impressive.

    The stream is high quality (HD) , fast and reliable.

    Nice thing they make it free for us. :)

  9. James_mc said on 1st May 2010, 18:11

    That was highly enjoyable. Given the circumstances in which Grosjean was parachuted into a dog of a Renault (argueably the worst on the grid), could we see him return in the future?

  10. MEmo said on 1st May 2010, 18:56

    Will this someday happen to F1: watching the FPs, the Qualy and the race for free on their website?

    • Robert McKay said on 1st May 2010, 19:53

      Doubtful. There’s too much money invested in determining TV rights.

      FIA GT1 can do it, like Superleague Formula, because there’s not much interest in the series…not beyond the absolute hardcore motorsport fan, and even at that not much.

      These series need to build fanbases and advertise the product as widely as they can…to the point of giving it away, right now.

  11. rideway said on 1st May 2010, 19:37

    id rather see dtm than gt1, cant really tell why but i find it more amazing

  12. Eric M. said on 1st May 2010, 20:22

    Hard to say no when they provide you free high-def coverage online. :)

    Great calendar too. I’m not at all familiar with the Durban track. But can’t wait for the San Luis round. Potrero de los Fuenes is IMHO the best modern circuit in the world!

  13. Scribe said on 1st May 2010, 20:30

    Who watched the silverstone GT1 quali race? It was pretty damn good. A french Aston Martins won it, so mixed emotions on the result, ;)

    Anyway their live stream is great, free live coverage, I think i’m going to follow this series, the racing is fun, the cars are great, an brilliantly varied, the tracks are fantastic, Spa Silverstone an San Luis! (Keith did an article on that track, it looks so incredibly awesome.)

    • Stephen_P83 said on 1st May 2010, 22:15

      Great that you’re going to follow the series. Looks like I did my job writing a guest article!

      I think the racing is great and I LOVE the cars in the series. Watching it live online is also pretty cool.

      • Scribe said on 1st May 2010, 22:56

        Your article definatley added, I actually watched the Abu Dhabi race the day before your article came up, an that was damn fine as well. Nice to see Grosjean winning as well, he had an unfairly rough time of it in F1.

        Seriously though, I have to come back to this San Luis
        http://bit.ly/19HxpG (Keiths Article)
        Circuito Potrero de los Funes
        Looks a track written by the god of race tracks himself, that place is so amazing. F1 needs to go there, Argentina is an up an comming nation, I’m sure the car market is growing, an even if it’s not LOOK AT THAT PLACE!
        Besides theres probably a market for it, Argentines are race fans right?

        • BasCB said on 2nd May 2010, 19:57

          I am gettin into this as well. Great live coverage in cars we all would like to have in the garage.

          The Argentina track is a fantastic circuit, if only the Argentinian government would get the race here (instead of getting Lopez into a USF1 car).

  14. Tj said on 1st May 2010, 21:06

    Just watching race 1 now. It’s fantastic that they provide live and saved streams. Every series that wants to be taken seriously should do this!

    Havnt gotten used to the new look silverstobd though. A lot of it is unrecognisable to me now.

    • Robert McKay said on 1st May 2010, 22:38

      Although I don’t think F1 will ever do free live streams on the official website, I do agree that saved streams for after the events should be a given… it’s a nice touch.

  15. Einar AI said on 1st May 2010, 22:39

    Just watched the race 1. Quite impressive – I believe FIA does just the right thing by providing a free HD coverage and thereby raise the interest in the series. However, after watching this race, I feel a tad sorry for being so critical of F1 so often – F1’s just brilliant, especially in comparison with other FIA series. A thing that really lacks in all these lower/support/low-key racing events is the atmosphere. Everywhere but Istanbul and Shanghai possibly – F1 seems like a major racing festivity – lots of people, lots of technical stuff, etc.

    I’m not saying the quality of the events necessarily constitutes brilliant racing, but the atmosphere does bring a difference. Watching the start in GT1, with barely anyone around made the event look just a bit sub-par. So hands down to F1 and Bernie (yeah, I’d have to commend him on those excellent events). And it doesn’t even matter that GT1 seems to have more credible teams than F1.

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