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Star Sports to telecast Super Formula series in India
MUMBAI: Star Sports has inked an agreement with Japan Race Promotion (JRP), promoters of the Super Formula Championship, for live telecast of the Super Formula series in India.
The Japanese single-seater championship will, thus, become the only automobile racing championship, outside of Formula 1, to enjoy live telecast in India. Star Sports also airs Formula 1.
Held across eight rounds in 2014, Super Formula, erstwhile known as Formula Nippon, has been running since 1973, with its driver roster including Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine, Pedro De La Rosa and Ralf Schumacher.
India’s first Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan is driving for Team Impul Hoshino Racing. Other drivers include former F1 pilots Vitantonio Liuzzi and Kazuki Nakajima. 24th Le Mans winners and World Endurance Champions André Lotterer and Loïc Duval also feature, along with former Force India F1 test driver James Rossiter. 2010 title winner João Paulo de Oliveira is Karthikeyan’s teammate at Team Impul.
Star India president sports Nitin Kukreja said, “We are extremely thrilled to partner JRP and showcase the Super Formula series in India, which with its fast-paced nature makes for an exceptional viewing experience. This association is in line with our aim of creating a multi-sport culture in India, and we’re confident that the telecast of this exciting championship will fuel the growth of motor sports viewing in the country. Narain’s participation in the championship along with the other celebrated names has already sparked immense interest amongst the Indian audience.”
The series has also switched to a new Dallara SF14 chassis this year, and similar 2014 F1 regulations. The erstwhile V8 engines have been replaced by two-litre, 550 bhp turbocharged engines.
Karthikeyan said, “It is great to see Super Formula being telecast live in India as there is already a lot of interest among the fans and being able to watch the races live will certainly boost its popularity. The races are close, exciting and unpredictable – with pitstops and the tricky weather in Japan like we saw last time around so it’ll definitely make for great racing”.
The next round of the Super Formula series is scheduled to be held at the Autopolis Circuit on 14 September. The race will be live on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 2 from 10 am.
2014 Super Formula Calendar
April 13 Suzuka Circuit
May 18 Fuji Speedway
July 13 Fuji Speedway
Aug 24 Twin Ring Motegi
Sept 14 Autopolis
Sept 28 Sportsland Sugo
Nov 9 Suzuka Circuit