Sport on Freeview W/C April 29th 2017

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – plenty to tell you about this week!  Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend – and spread the word… tell your friends and bookmark this site!  Chris

Contents Below:

Sport on Freeview for Week Ahead

Front Runner – Coming Up

S4C – What’s On This Week

Live Sports FM Fixtures

Saturday April 29th 2017:
10:00 – 12:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Championship Semi Final LIVE

11:55 – 14:30
Channel Four
F1: Russian Grand Prix Qualifying LIVE

13:15 – 16:30
BBC One
Snooker
World Championship Semi Final LIVE

13:30 – 16:00
ITV
ITV Racing LIVE
From Sandown and Haydock.

14:00 – 17:15
ITV4
Cycling
Tour De Yorkshire LIVE
Stage 2 from Tadcaster to Harrogate.

14:30 – 17:30

BT Showcase

BT Sport Score

19:00 – 21:30
BBC Two
Snooker
World Championship Semi Final LIVE

21:00 – 22:00
Channel Five
The Championship

22:20 – 23:25
BBC One
Match of the Day
Including Southampton v Hull City.

Sunday April 30th 2017:
10:00 – 12:00
Channel Five
Great Birmingham Run LIVE
10k action

12:00 – 12:35
Channel Four
F1: Russian Grand Prix Build Up

12:00 – 17:30
ITV4
Cycling
Tour De Yorkshire LIVE
Stage 3 from Bradford to Fox Valley
Look out for me en route! I am hosting a Tour De Yorkshire family quiz at The Armytage Arms Brighouse from 1pm… and commentating as the cyclists pass the pub, up until 3:30pm!

12:15 – 13:00
BBC Two
MOTD2 Extra with Mark Chapman

12:35 – 15:10
Channel Four
F1: Russian Grand Prix LIVE

13:00 – 14:00
BBC Two
Athletics
World Relay Championships
Action from the Bahamas

14:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Championship Final LIVE

14:30 – 17:15
BT Showcase
Aviva Premiership Rugby LIVE
Bath v Gloucester. Final free live game of the season.

15:10 – 16:30
Channel Four
F1: Russian Grand Prix Reaction

19:00 – 23:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Championship Final LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
Cycling
Tour De Yorkshire Highlights
Stage 3 from Bradford to Fox Valley

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
Premiership Rugby Highlights

22:30 – 23:50
BBC One
Match of the Day 2
Including Everton v Chelsea

23:50 – 00:30
BBC One
The Women’s Football Show

23:50 – 00:35
Channel Five
Football on 5 – Goal Rush
League One action.

Monday May 1st 2017:
14:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Championship Final LIVE

19:00 – 23:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Championship Final LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
FIA World Rally Highlights
From Argentina.

23:30 – 00:35
ITV4
German Football Highlights

Tuesday May 2nd 2017:
13:00 – 13:45
BBC Two
The Super League Show
Rugby League highlights.

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
World Superbike Championship
Highlights from the Netherlands.

23:00 – 00:00
My5
TNA Xplosion

Wednesday May 3rd 2017:
20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
British Superbike Championship
Highlights from Oulton Park.

22:40 – 23:40
ITV
Champions League Highlights
Semi Final action.

23:15 – 23:45
BBC One
A Question of Sport
With cricketer Ryan Sidebottom.

23:40 – 00:30
ITV
Sports Life Stories
Chris Froome

Thursday May 4th 2017:
18:30 – 22:30
Dave
Tennis Live – Tie Break Tens
From Madrid.

22:00 – 22:30
BBC Two
MOTD – The Premier League Show

22:40 – 23:40
ITV
Europa League Highlights
Semi Final action.

Friday May 5th 2017:
19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Cricket
England v Ireland One Day Highlights

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
Road Racing Series
The Scarborough Spring Cup

21:00 – 23:00
Spike
TNA Impact Wrestling

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This Sunday, LIVE on Front Runner, we have the next rounds of the British GT Championship and MINI Challenge – and here’s what we have lined up for you afterwards.

New for May, we will be showing live greyhound racing across all platforms every Tuesday evening from 7pm.

As well as the live events, we have brand new episodes in our poker shows, professional fighting, motorsport and alternative sports.

And there’s also more of The Indoor League, presented by the late cricket legend Fred Trueman.

So here’s the full round up…. Enjoy!

  1. LIVE greyhound racing. 

Tuesdays between 7pm and 11pm.

From now on, watch live greyhound action for FREE across all our platforms every Tuesday evening. Follow all the action as it happens from the tracks at multiple locations across the country.

  1. LIVE British GT Championship and MINI Challenge from Snetterton in Norfolk.

Sunday May 28th all day.

For the first time ever, the British GT Championship and MINI Challenge season is being broadcast LIVE from the track.

We would’ve already been to Oulton Park and Rockingham ISSC tracks. This round, the teams will be at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk, and once again all the action will be available throughout the day on Front Runner.

  1. Chessboxing: UKIP vs Lib Dem.

The Brexit Belt featuring UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott vs Lib Dem activist Toby White.

Bank Holiday Monday (May 1st) at 7pm. (Repeated Wednesday May 10th).

Chessboxing is a hybrid fighting sport combining two traditional British sports, boxing and chess, as competitors take rounds of chess mixed with rounds of boxing until a winner is declared either via knockout or checkmate.

This wild sporting mash-up on Bank Holiday Monday includes the bout between UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott and Lib Dem activist Toby White. There’s also an enthralling England vs Finland undercard with former IBF world champ Terry Marsh.

  1. World Poker Tour.

Bank Holiday Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm and Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.

One of Front Runner’s most popular shows, World Poker Tour follows the action from the tables of premiere high-stake poker tournaments.

These stars know how to keep calm under intense pressure, even when there’s hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. And you certainly feel the tension around the table.

  1. Poker Night in America.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30pm.

Poker Night in America made its UK debut on Front Runner last year – and straight away became a firm favourite.

As well as following the action, we also get to know the players around the poker table. And there are certainly some characters in this crowd!

  1. More professional fighting.

Fights from the Vault. Saturdays at 11pm. (Repeated Mondays at 9pm).

Behind the Fighter. Sundays at 9.30pm. (Repeated Mondays at 8.30pm).

Every weekend, we show fantastic combat sports action on Front Runner and there’s a chance to see professional fighters battle it out in ‘Fights from the Vault’.

These athletes have trained for years to build up the strength and endurance for the events – and fans can watch them in action on the UK’s only free sports channel.

If you missed out on the last series of Behind the Fighter, there’s a chance to catch up every Sunday on episodes about Kane Mousah (Sunday May 7th), Panicos Yusuf (Sunday May 14th), Andy DeVent (Sunday May 21st) and Aaron Aby (Sunday May 28th).

  1. The Indoor League. MORE EPISODES!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 5.30pm. (Repeated Sundays between 1pm and 2.30pm).

The 1970s series has brought back so many happy memories of playing table skittles, shove ha’penny, bar billiards and Yorkshire darts at the village local.

So cricket legend Fred Trueman – with his pipe in one hand and a pint in t’other – is staying on Front Runner with more shows throughout May.

  1. Gillette World Sport 2017. SERIES CONTINUES!

New episode on Thursday May 4th and May 18 at 9.30pm on Freeview only.

If you enjoy niche sports, then there’s no better programme for you than Gillette World Sport.

This feature-driven show delves into the idiosyncrasies of your favourite sports, taking a look at the techniques used by athletes, how they train, technology, the cutting edge science and much more.

  1. Bike World. SERIES CONTINUES!

Friday May 12th and Friday May 26th at 6.30pm.

Europe’s most popular motorbike entertainment show is airing on Front Runner for all you two-wheeled fanatics. Join the team as they take you on a magical journey throughout Europe, bringing you exclusive stories ahead of anyone else.

  1. Mobil 1 the Grid. SERIES CONTINUES!

Friday May 5th at 5pm and Friday April 19th at 5pm.

This is the show to get your motorsport round-up. This motoring magazine show offers behind the scenes access to race days, team news and insights into the technology used on your favourite cars from the world of motorsport.

Follow listings for more information. Front Runner is available on Freeview ch91, FreeSat ch250, Talk Talk/BT ch91 and Sky ch468.

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LIVE SPORT ON S4C – WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL – MONDAY 1 MAY

 

SATURDAY 29 APRIL

 

17.00 RYGBI – BEDWAS v PONTYPRIDD, kick off 17.15, live from the Bridgefield.

Only two rounds of matches remain in the normal Principality Premiership Tier 1 season before the top four battle it out in the play-offs, so maintaining good momentum is vital. Two of the front-runners since the table split in two have been Bedwas and Pontypridd and they go head to head today at The Bridgefield in front of the S4C cameras. Enjoy all the action live, with Owain Gwynedd, Lowri Morgan and Jamie Robinson. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick-off 17.15. (EC) (S)

 

19.15 CLWB RYGBI: CONNACHT V SCARLETS, kick off 19.35, live from the Sportsground, Galway.

Live coverage of the Scarlets away to Connacht at the Sportsground. Kick off, 19.35. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. (EC) (S)

 

SUNDAY 30 APRIL

 

13.30 SGORIO: BALA TOWN v THE NEW SAINTS, kick off 14.00, live from the Bangor University Stadium.

Join Dylan Ebenezer, Nicky John and the red-button-boys for the JD Welsh Cup Final between Bala Town and The New Saints at the Bangor University Stadium. Reaching and winning cup finals is par for the course for The New Saints, and Craig Harrison’s talented team will be looking to retain the Welsh Cup for the fourth year in succession. Bala Town have reached the Welsh Cup Final for the first time in their history but to lift the historic trophy they will have to break another record as they have never beaten The New Saints! English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick-off 14.00. (EC) (S)

 

 

PLUS in Y Ffeit, Rhys ap William and pundit Zack Davies present another top night of professional boxing at the Ebbw Vale Sports Centre. The main event will feature local girl Ashley Brace and her bid to become the WBC International Bantamweight Champion. Super Welterweight Tony Dixon also returns to the ring, having made the briefest of cameos on Y Ffeit last month when he won his Welsh title in under 90 seconds. We also meet powerful Pontypridd puncher Jermaine Asare. The programme starts at 21.30 on Wednesday, 26 April. (S)

 

AND Morgan Jones brings highlights from the Welsh Cup final between Bala Town and The New Saints, as well as a round-up of La Liga action on Sgorio, at 18.30 on Monday 1 May.

 

AND re-live all 80 minutes of the all-important Guinness Pro12 clash between Ospreys and Ulster at 22.00 on Monday 1 May. (EC) (S)

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Fixtures on http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk

29/04/2017 Vanarama National League
York City vs Forest Green Rovers
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29/04/2017 Evo-Stik NPL Playoff Final
Spennymoor Town vs Stourbridge
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Sport on Freeview up to April 28th

Hello all – welcome to this week’s blog.  I’m hosting the Stockton Duathlon tomorrow (Sunday) – come down and say hello if you’re nearby, should be a great event.  Lots of great sport over the next 7 days.  The World Snooker Championships enter its second week, but there’s also live FA Cup Football too.  Chris

 

Saturday April 22nd 2017:
08:15 – 10:00
BBC Red Button
World Snooker Highlights

10:00 – 12:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

10:00 – 11:25
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

11:25 – 14:50
BBC Red Button
European Gymnastics Championships

12:00 – 13:00
BBC One
Football Focus

13:30 – 16:30
ITV
ITV Racing LIVE
Including the Scottish Grand National.

13:45 – 16:30
BBC One
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

14:30 – 17:30
BT Showcase
BT Sport Score

14:50 – 16:30
BBC Red Button
Final Score – Football Updates

16:30 – 18:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

16:50 – 19:20
BBC One
Match of the Day – The FA Cup LIVE
Chelsea v Spurs in the 1st Semi Final.

19:00 – 20:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 23:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

21:00 – 22:00
Channel Five
Football on 5 – The Championship

22:20 – 23:20
BBC One
Match of the Day
Including West Ham v Everton.

Sunday April 23rd 2017:
08:30 – 15:00
BBC One
Athletics
London Marathon LIVE

08:50 – 12:30
BBC Red Button
London Marathon – Elite Races Coverage

10:00 – 12:15
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

12:30 – 14:50
BBC Red Button
European Gymnastics Championships

13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

14:50 – 18:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

18:00 – 19:00
BBC Two
Athletics
London Marathon Highlights

18:00 – 18:30
Front Runner
Gillette World Sport

21:00 – 22:00
BBC Two
Snooker
The Crucible – 40 Golden Snooker Years.
Documentary.

22:30 – 23:20
BBC One
Match of the Day 2
Premier League highlights including Burnley v Man Utd

23:20 – 23:50
BBC One
Match of the Day – The FA Cup
Arsenal v Man City in the 2nd Semi Final.

23:30 – 00:20
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship Highlights

Monday April 24th 2017:

09:05 – 13:00
BBC Red Button
FA Cup Semi Final Catch Up

10:30 – 12:00
BBC Two
Gymnastics
European Gymnastics Highlights

13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Moto GP Highlights
Grand Prix of the Americas.

23:15 – 00:05
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship Highlights

23:25 – 00:25
ITV4
German Football Highlights

Tuesday April 25th 2017:

10:00 – 12:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

 

19:00 – 23:00

Front Runner

Racing Post Live Greyhound Racing

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22:45 – 23:45
Anthony Joshua – The Road to Klitschko
Documentary.

23:15 – 00:05
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship Highlights

Wednesday April 26th 2017:
10:00 – 11:30
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

10:00 – 14:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

14:30 – 18:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 23:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:30 – 22:00
ITV4
Football LIVE
FA Youth Cup – Chelsea v Man City
2nd leg of the Final.

23:15 – 23:45
BBC One
A Question of Sport
With guest Dion Dublin.

23:15 – 00:05
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship Highlights

Thursday April 27th 2017:
13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

18:30 – 19:00
Front Runner
ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

19:00 – 20:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 23:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

23:15 – 00:05
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship Highlights

Friday April 28th 2017:
12:30 – 17:15
ITV4
Cycling
Tour De Yorkshire LIVE
Day 1

13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

13:30 – 16:00
ITV3
ITV Racing LIVE
From Sandown. Note it’s on ITV3 today because of the cycling!

18:30 – 19:00
ITV4
The Darts Show

19:00 – 21:00
BBC Two
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
ITV4
Cycling
Tour De Yorkshire LIVE
Day 1

20:55 – 23:00
BBC Red Button
Snooker
World Snooker Championship LIVE

21:00 – 23:00
Spike
Impact Wrestling
Returning to Freeview, TNA Wrestling is back on Spike.

Sport on Freeview from April 20th onwards

Thursday April 20th 2017:

20:00 – 22:00
BT Showcase
Europa League LIVE
Schalke 04 v Ajax.

22:00 – 22:30
BBC Two
MOTD – The Premier League Show

23:15 – 00:05
BBC Two
World Snooker Championships
Day 6 highlights from Sheffield.

23:15 – 00:15
ITV
Football
Europa League Highlights

Friday April 21st 2017:

01:30 – 03:30
BBC Two
World Snooker Championships
Snooker Extra.

10:00 – 12:00
BBC Two
World Snooker Championships
Live coverage from Sheffield.

13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
World Snooker Championships
Live coverage from Sheffield.

Sport on Freeview W/C 15th April

Hello all – I wish you all a happy Easter.  There will be ongoing updates to this page throughout the weekend – so bear with me, it should all appear eventually!  Chris

Saturday April 15

10:00 – 12:00

BBC Two

World Snooker Championship

12:00 – 13:00

BBC One

Football Focus

12:00 – 15:30

BBC Two

Cycling

World Track Cycling Championships

13:15 – 16:30

BBC One

World Snooker Championship

Live coverage from Day 1.

14:30 – 17:30

BT Showcase

BT Sport Score

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14:30 – 16:30

BBC Red Button

Final Score

16:30 – 17:30

BBC One

Final Score

16:30 – 17:30

BBC Two

World Snooker Championship

16:30 – 18:00

BBC Red Button

Snooker 

World Snooker Championships continues.

19:00 – 20:00

BBC Two

Snooker 

World Snooker Championships continues.

19:00 – 23:00

BBC Red Button

Snooker 

World Snooker Championships continues.

22:00 – 00:00

Spike

Fight Night – Bellator 177

22:20 – 23:45

BBC One

Match of the Day

Including Tottenham v Bournemouth

11pm on Front Runner

Fights from the Vault. (Repeated Monday March 20, 9pm)

23:35 – 00:25

BBC Two

Snooker

World Snooker Championships Day 1 Highlights

Sunday April 16

10:00 – 12:15

BBC Two

Snooker

Live coverage from Day 2 at the World Snooker Championships

10:45 – 18:15

ITV4

British Touring Car Championships

Live from Donnington.

12:15 – 13:00

BBC Two

MOTD2 Extra

14:15 – 18:00

BBC Two

Snooker

Live coverage from Day 2 at the World Snooker Championships

14:50 – 15:50

Channel Four

Formula 1

Bahrain Grand Prix Build Up

15:50 – 18:15

Channel Four

Formula 1

Bahrain Grand Prix Build Up

9.30pm on Front Runner

Behind the Fighter. (Repeated Monday 20 @ 8.30pm)

22:30 – 23:30

BBC One

Match of the Day 2 including West Brom v Arsenal

23:40 – 00:30

BBC Two

Snooker

World Snooker Championship highlights.

Monday April 17
2017 British GT Championship. 
10.45am-2pm and 3pm-5pm on Front Runner
 
5.30pm The Indoor League. 
The Indoor League, presented by the great Fred Trueman, is the classic TV series which found the true champions of British pub games.
7.30pm. Irish Tarmac Rally Championships.
Highlights of Ireland’s renowned asphalt-based championship. West Cork Rally.

Tuesday April 18

4.30pm King of Europe Drift.

Highlights from Europe’s premier drift series, which features tyre-tortured sideways action as standard.

Wednesday April 19.

3pm. BSMA MX

Watch as the dirt track stars of tomorrow scramble around the UK looking to take the next step in the world of motocross. Rd 1 : Wroxton

4.30-5.30pm. Arm Wars.

Pro-Armwrestling super series.

5.30pm The Indoor League. 
The Indoor League, presented by the great Fred Trueman, is the classic TV series which found the true champions of British pub games.

British GT on Front Runner – Preview

Article taken from Front Runner’s blog… Please do keep an eye on Freeview Channel 91 – some great sport coming up.  Chris

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We’re just a few days away from the start of the 2017 British GT Championship – and all the action is being aired live on Front Runner this Easter Monday. So we’ve asked Andy Lloyd, editor of enduranceandgt.co.uk, to tell us what to expect during the championship’s 25th anniversary season.

The 2017 British GT Championship – sports car racing at its finest!

The British GT Championship is back for 2017 with the season-opening rounds taking place at Oulton Park this weekend. After the excitement of the Media Day at Snetterton last month, where teams had a chance to display new cars, liveries and drivers, the talking stops and racing begins in what is widely regarded as one of the world’s most competitive national GT championships.

With six manufacturers represented on the GT3 grid, 2017 could be one of the most closely-contested seasons in years.

Who’s going to be there?…

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Aston Martin will be represented by three V12 Vantage GT3s, two entered by TF Sport and one by Macmillan AMR. TF Sport has enjoyed great success with the Gaydon-based marque and 2016 champions Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam will be fighting to make in two-in-a-row for the Surrey-based team. Factory driver Adam is under no illusion that 2017 will be easy but he and Johnston have worked hard over the winter to get the consistency throughout the season they lacked in 2016.

Don’t forget the second TF Sport entry though. Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes, in the #11 car, tasted victory in Belgium last season and they will be looking to build on that success in 2017.

Macmillan AMR is moving up to the premier class this season with its Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and has given Jack Mitchell, driving alongside James Littlejohn, the opportunity to take a step up the ladder. Mitchell impressed in the team’s GT4 entry last season and will be looking to make his mark in GT3 this year

The #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen narrowly missed out on the GT3 drivers title in 2016, after going into the final round with a points advantage. Minshaw and Keen are now in their fifth season together and will be determined not to let any opportunities slip through their fingers. Expect to see them on the podium regularly throughout the season.

Adding further excitement to the Lamborghini presence will be the second Barwell Motorsport entry which partners experienced amateur sports car driver Liam Griffin with ex-BTCC regular Sam Tordoff. Tordoff made the switch to GTs after a highly successful career in Touring Cars, culminating in finishing second in the championship last season. With his sprint racing experience, Tordoff will expect to be scrapping up at the front and collecting race wins. The #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini will definitely be one to watch this year.

If you want glamour and ‘Big Car’ excitement then look no further than Team Parker Racing and its pair of Bentley Continental GT3s.  The Bentley made its British GT debut in 2016 in the hands of Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris. The ‘Rock Star’ driving partnership immediately made its mark by taking pole position for the opening round at Brands Hatch and went on to take five podiums and a win at Oulton Park. With a years’ experience together, they will approach 2017 with the intention that nothing less than the championship title will do.

Team Parker Racing’s second Bentley Continental GT3 entry also has the quick, experienced driving line-up of Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod. The pair made two appearances in British GT last year and know the Bentley well.

Ferrari returns for a full season in the championship with the F488 GT3 entered by AF Corse / Spirit of Race and driven by Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, both of whom have unfinished business in British GT. The F488 GT3 has already proved to be highly competitive internationally. Expect some surprises for the Prancing Horse.

Century Motorsport is taking the step up into the top tier in 2017 with two Ginetta G55 GT3s. Nathan Freke will be joined in the #19 by the young American Harry Gottsacker, who drove in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2016.

Parker Chase, the team’s second youthful American driver and PWC Rookie of the Year in 2016, also joins the team alongside Ginetta factory driver Charlie Robertson. Robertson and the confident Chase could form a formidable driving partnership this season.

Adding excitement to the GT3 grid will be a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3s. Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing has swapped its BMW Z4 GT3 for the latest Mercedes offering and returns with Martin Short and Richard Neary, both highly experienced amateur drivers. AmDTuning.com has also switched to the Mercedes this year. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be fast and reliable. Will it be a championship contender? We shall see.

So that’s the GT3 class covered – what about GT4?

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The GT4 class sees 20 entries from seven different manufacturers. Seven examples of the 2016 class-winning Ginetta G55 GT4 will be on the grid this year, including the return of current champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson in the PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport entry. Current Teams’ champions Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing returns with a pair of Ginetta G55 GT4s as does Century Motorsport. Lanan Racing and HHC Motorsport have entered one Ginetta apiece.

2016 champions Johnston and Robinson are determined to defend their GT4 title but admit that the Ginetta G55 GT4 may have some tough competition from the ‘New Kid on the Block’, the McLaren 570S GT4.

Six examples of McLaren’s latest GT machine will be on the grid for the new season and all eyes will be on the #100 Black Bull Garage 59 570S GT4, one of two entered by the team, and driven by Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty. The pair won twice in the final three rounds of 2016 and must be considered as favourites to take the fight to the PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport crew.

In2Racing has also entered a pair of McLaren 570Ss and Tolman Motorsport and track-club are also hoping that the 570S will be the car to have in GT4 in 2017.

Nissan joins the GT4 field with a pair of 370Zs, entered by UltraTek Racing / Team RJN. Richard Taffinder, Martin Plowman and Tim Eakin will be joined by Emmerdale actor-turned racing driver Kelvin Fletcher to complete its driving line-up.

Only two Aston Martin V8 Vantages join the GT4 grid this year. Along with its GT3 programme, Macmillan Racing returns to the GT4 class with William Phillips and Jan Jonck sharing the driving duties. Academy Motorsport also fields its V8 Vantage GT4.

Additional variety to the field is added in the form of the popular Ebor GT Maserati GT MC GT4, this year driven by Matthew Graham and 2015 Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion James Kellet. The GPRM Toyota GT86 and the Team Parker Racing-run Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR will also add additional colour to the grid, the Porsche returning after a frustrating debut season in 2016.

With mouth-watering grids in both classes this year, following the 2017 British GT Championship on Front Runner will be a must for any UK-based motorsport enthusiast.

Live coverage of the 2017 British GT Championship and MINI Challenge starts Easter Monday (April 17) at 10.45am-2pm and 3pm-5.15pm.

 

See Front Runner’s exclusive interviews with drivers Jonny Adam, Graham Johnson, Joe Osborne and Sam Tordoff.

Sport on Freeview W/C April 8th 2017

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog.  It’s a great week for live sport – especially this weekend with Davis Cup Tennis, Masters Golf… there’s Cycling later in the week… and European football too.  

BT Showcase Schedule Updated 08.04.17

Check out my list of BT Showcase transmissions – updated right here.  Click and save… it’s all been updated for the week ahead.

If you want to enjoy The Masters, please note that the coverage starts earlier on BBC Red Button!  Also a reminder that ITV has live coverage of the Grand National this year.

Saturday April 8th 2017:
09:30 – 10:30
BBC Red Button
Golf – Masters
Day 2 Highlights

10:00 – 11:30
ITV4
ITV Racing – The Opening Show

10:30 – 11:30
BBC Red Button
Fighting Talk Live
Previewing the Grand National

11:30 – 12:00
ITV4
ITV Racing – The Virtual Grand National
Can sophisticated software predict today’s race?

11:50 – 12:55
BBC Red Button
Triathlon – Gold Coast Women’s Race
A replay from earlier in the day.

12:00 – 13:00
BBC One
Football Focus

13:00 – 14:00
BBC Two
Golf – Masters
Highlights from Day 2 (shown earlier on Red Button)

13:00 – 14:30
Channel Four
F1 – Chinese Qualifying Highlights

13:10 – 16:30
BBC One
Tennis
Live Davis Cup – France v Great Britain

13:25 – 14:55
ITV4
British Touring Car Championship Highlights

14:00 – 18:15
ITV
ITV Racing LIVE
Including the Grand National Steeplechase at 17:15.

14:30 – 17:30
BT Showcase
BT Sport Score

14:30 – 16:30
BBC Red Button
Final Score

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14:45 on S4C

RYGBI – RGC 1404 v EBBW VALE, kick off 15.00, live from Eirias Park.

The live Principality Premiership game comes, for the first time, from Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay. RGC (Rygbi Gogledd Cymru) welcome last year’s champions Ebbw Vale as the pressure mounts on the home side to battle their way into the Premiership play-offs. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick off 15.00. (EC) (S).  Available via BBC Iplayer.

16:30 – 17:15
BBC One
Final Score

16:30 – 17:30
BBC Two
Davis Cup Tennis
Coverage continues from BBC One.

16:30 – 00:00
BBC Red Button
Golf – Masters
Live coverage of Day 3

19:00 – 20:00
Front Runner
Facing Off
British Ice Hockey action.

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19.15  CLWB RYGBI – SCARLETS v TREVISO, kick off 19.35, live from Parc y Scarlets.

Live coverage on S4C of the Scarlets against Treviso in the Guinness PRO12 at Parc y Scarlets. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick off 19.35. (EC) (S)

19:30 – 00:00
BBC Two
Golf – Masters
Live coverage of Day 3

21:00 – 22:00
Channel Five
Football on 5 – The Championship

22:30 – 23:55
BBC One
Match of the Day
Including Bournemouth v Chelsea

22:00 – 22:30
Channel Five
Football on 5 – League One and Two Goal Rush

Sunday April 9th 2017:
10:45 – 12:15
BBC Two
Triathlon World Series Highlights

12:15 – 13:00
BBC Two
MOTD2 Extra

13:00 – 18:30
BBC Two
Live Davis Cup Tennis
France v Great Britain

14:30 – 16:45
Channel Four
F1 – Chinese Grand Prix Highlights

14:30 – 17:15
BT Showcase
Live Premiership Rugby
Wasps v Northampton Saints

15:15 – 18:30
BBC Red Button
Golf – The Masters
Live Extra coverage.

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16.00 SGORIO – LLANDUDNO v ABERYSTWYTH TOWN, kick off 16.15, live from Maesdu Park.

Join the crew on S4C for what could be a season-defining fixture at Maesdu Park as Llandudno host Aberystwyth in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick off 16.15. (EC) (S)

18:30 – 00:00
BBC Two
Golf – The Masters
Final day of coverage – LIVE

18:30 – 19:30
Front Runner
Laguna Phuket Triathlon

18:30 – 21:00
BBC Red Button
Live Davis Cup Tennis
Coverage continues from BBC Two.

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
Premiership Rugby Union Highlights

20:30 – 21:30
Front Runner
NZ Toyota 86 Championship – Round 6

21:00 – 00:00
BBC Red Button
Golf – The Masters
Live Extra coverage.

22:30 – 23:30
BBC One
Match of the Day 2
Including Sunderland v Man Utd

Monday April 10th 2017:

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Moto GP Highlights
Grand Prix of Argentina

23:50 – 00:50
ITV4
German Football Highlights

Tuesday April 11th 2017:

13:00 – 13:45
BBC Two
The Super League Show.
Rugby League action.

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Rally De France highlights.

19:00 – 22:30
BT Showcase
Live Champions League
Borussia Dortmund v Monaco – Quarter Final action.

19:00 – 23:00
Front Runner
Live RPGTV Greyhound Racing

Wednesday April 12th 2017:

12:00 – 14:30
BBC Two
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

17:30 – 18:00
Front Runner
Indoor League.
Repeats of the vintage 70’s series with Fred Trueman continue. Episode 17 here.

18:30 – 19:00
Front Runner
Gillette World Sport

19:00 – 21:30
BBC Red Button
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

21:30 – 00:00
BBC Red Button
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

23:15 – 23:45
BBC One
A Question of Sport

23:15 – 00:15
ITV
Champions League Highlights
Quarter Final action.

Thursday April 13th 2017:

12:00 – 14:45
BBC Two
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

19:15 – 22:00
BBC Red Button
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
The Big Fish Off

20:00 – 22:00
BT Showcase
Europa League LIVE
Ajax v Schalke 04 – Quarter Final action.

22:00 – 22:30
BBC Two
MOTD: The Premier League Show

22:00 – 00:45
BBC Red Button
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

23:15 – 00:15
ITV
Europa League Highlights
Quarter final action.

Friday April 14th 2017:

11:50 – 14:40
BBC Two
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

11:55 – 13:35
Channel Four
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
Practice 1 LIVE

14:00 – 17:00
ITV4
ITV Racing LIVE
From Lingfield Park and Newcastle

15:10 – 18:00
BBC Red Button
Final Score

15:55 – 17:35
Channel Four
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
Practice 2 LIVE

18:00 – 19:15
BBC Red Button
40 Years of the Crucible

18:30 – 19:00
Front Runner
Bike World

19:15 – 22:35
BBC Red Button
Cycling
Track World Championships from Hong Kong.

19:30 – 20:00
BBC One
A Question of Sport

20:30 – 21:00
Front Runner
Arm Wars – Arm Wrestling Super Series.

23:00 – 23:50
Channel Five
Football on 5 – The Championship

23:50 – 00:15
Channel Five
Football on 5 – League One and Two Goal Rush

 

Radio Commentatries coming up on Live Sports FM:

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08/04/2017 EBAC Northern League
North Shields vs South Shields
14:30

 

09/04/2017 Kingstone Press Championship
Featherstone Rovers vs London Broncos
14:30

 

11/04/2017 West Riding FA Couty Cup Final
Tadcaster Albion vs Farsley Celtic
19:30

 

 

Eurosport This Week

Week 15 Highlights

Chris: Please Note Eurosport Player has live coverage of the World Snooker Qualifiers from Sheffield – well worth tuning into.

8-14 April

Highlights this week include:
Cycling: LIVE Paris-Roubaix
Cycling: LIVE UCI Track World Championships

Cycling: LIVE Tour of the Basque Country
Badminton: Malaysian Open



9 April: LIVE Cycling: Paris-Roubaix

For the second year running, Eurosport will broadcast the entire Paris-Roubaix race from start to finish with six hours of LIVE coverage.

Paris-Roubaix is a one-day race known as “The Queen of the Classics” for its prestige and “Hell of the North” for its brutal yet iconic cobblestone sections and tricky race conditions.

The race itself is considered one of the toughest challenges in the world of sport, with riders having to tackle not only the cobblestones of northern France but the elements as well, with weather usually playing a massive part in the result.

Eurosport expert Rob Hatch will be joined by two-time winner of the Paris-Roubaix Sean Kelly in the commentary booth.
Sunday 9 April
1000-1600 LIVE on Eurosport 1

 

12-16 April: LIVE Cycling: UCI Track World Championships

The 2017 UCI Track Cyclng World Championships will take place in Hong Kong this month, with extensive LIVE coverage on Eurosport. 

 

Olympic champions Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Steven Burke and Callum Skinner have been named in British Cycling’s squad for the competition.

Last year’s event in London saw Great Britain top the table with nine medals including five gold. Later that year they produced a strong showing at the Rio Olympic Games and will once again be strong competitors in 2017, with many of the top riders from all nations expected to compete.

 

Eurosport expert Rob Hatch will be joined by Tony Gibb in the commentary booth.

Wednesday 12 April
0800-1030 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
1200-1430 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1


Thursday 13 April
0800-1045 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1
1300-1500 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1

Friday 14 April
0630-1000 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1
1200-1515 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1

3-8 April: LIVE Cycling – Tour of the Basque Country

This week, Eurosport brings you LIVE coverage of the 2017 Tour of the Basque Country, the 57th edition of this prestigious race. 

On the start-list two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is joined by compatriot Alejandro Valverde and Romain Bardet, who claimed third place in the 2016 Tour de France.

Carlton Kirby will be joined by 2001 Paris-Roubaix champion Magnus Backstedt in the commentary booth.

Saturday 8 April
1430-1615 LIVE stage six on Eurosport 1

9 April: Badminton: Malaysian Open 

Eurosport will show highlights of badminton’s Malaysian Open featuring British stars Chris and Gabby Adcock. 

Married mixed-doubles pairing Chris and Gabby Adcock were aiming to become the first English pair to reach the YONEX All England final since 2006 recently but just missed out after defeat in the semi-finals.

However, that tournament will have instilled real confidence in the Adcocks, knocking out the Olympic champions in the quarter-finals, and they will go into the Malaysian Open with a good chance of claiming the title.

Sunday 9 April
2200-2300 Malaysian Open highlights on Eurosport 2

 

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media and Virgin Media Ireland:

Eurosport 1                                                                                          Eurosport 2

BT TV 513 | 521 (HD)                                                                       BT TV 514 | 522 (HD)

Sky 410 (HD)                                                                                     Sky 411 (HD)

Virgin Media 521 | 522 (HD)                                                       Virgin Media 525 | 526 (HD)

Virgin Media Ireland 423 | 424 (HD)                                                  Virgin Media Ireland 425 | 426 (HD)

 

Eurosport channels also available online and on mobile via Eurosport Player: www.eurosportplayer.com 

 

Eurosport TV Guide can be found here; http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/

 

Follow us on Twitter at @Eurosport_UK or find us on Facebook 

Sport on Front Runner This Week

Here’s a guide to the highlights on Front Runner (Freeview Channel 91) this week.  Chris

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Monday April 3rd

1pm-3pm NZ Toyota Championship

The NZ Grand Prix from Manfeild is the final round of the Toyota Racing Series. Driving identical FT50 Toyota powered single seater race cars, the Toyota Racing series is the pathway for young drivers

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 5.30pm. Sundays 8.30am-10am and 4pm-5.30pm.

The Indoor League.
Cricket legend Fred Trueman is back with a pipe in one hand and a pint in t’other to introduce us to more skilled participants competing in this traditional pub games tournament.
The series from the 1970s brought back so many memories of playing table skittles, shove ha’penny, bar billiards and Yorkshire darts at the village local. So we found more episodes and will be showing these throughout April.

Dream Team Laguna Phuket Triathlon Cup @ 7.30pm

This year’s field includes, Luke Mckenzie, James Cunnama, Michael Raelert, Jodie Swallow and Radka Vodickova – all travelling to this beautiful tropical island for the Challenge Laguna Phuket.

Tuesday April 4th

BTRDA Rally Championship at 6.30pm.

Follow all the action throughout the 2017 BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship.
The championship’s Gold Star title is the most prestigious in UK club rallying and this national series travels to some of the most iconic forest rally stages.

Wednesday April 5

Arm Wars.

Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm. Repeated regularly.
Our professional fighting coverage has been a firm favourite since the channel launched last October. So we thought we’d also add professional arm wrestling to the schedule… because, well, why not?!

All Wheel Drive Safari Competition at 6.30pm

World Poker Tour.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 7.30pm on Freeview only.
Due to popular demand, we’ve managed to source more episodes of one of Front Runner’s most enjoyed shows. World Poker Tour follows the action from the tables of premiere high-stakes poker tournaments.
These stars certainly know how to play and manage to keep their cool – even when there’s over a hundred thousand dollars at stake. And you can certainly feel the tension around the table.

Thursday April 6th

Facing Off at 5pm.

Highlights from the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Gillette World Sport at 9.30pm on Freeview only.

Love a niche sport? Then there is no better programme to watch than Gillette World Sport. This feature-driven show delves into the idiosyncrasies of your favourite sports, taking a look at the techniques used by athletes, how they train, technology, the cutting edge science and much more.
With interviews from some of the world’s biggest sporting stars, from motorsport, snowboarding, skiing, rugby, sailing and Olympic competitions. You name it, Gillette World Sport has it covered.

Sport on Freeview W/C April 1st 2017

Saturday April 1st 2017:
07:00 – 11:00
Quest
Live Snooker – China Open

10:00 – 11:00
ITV4
ITV Racing – The Opening Show

12:30 – 15:30
Quest
Live Snooker – China Open
Semi Final action.

16:00 – 17:15
BBC One
Final Score
Football Updates

21:00 – 22:00
Channel Five
Football on 5 – The Championship

22:00 – 22:30
Channel Five
Football on 5 – Goal Rush

22:30 – 00:15
Channel Five
Formula E Live
Mexico City – Round 4 of the season.

22:30 – 00:00
BBC One
Match of the Day
Liverpool v Everton

Sunday April 2nd 2017:
15:00 – 15:30
BBC Two
Golf – When Danny Won the Masters
Documentary

22:30 – 23:35
BBC One
Match of the Day 2
Including Arsenal v Man City

Monday April 3rd 2017:
19:30 – 22:00
ITV4
Live FA Youth Cup Football
Stoke v Man City
Semi Final action.

22:00 – 23:05
ITV4
German Football highlights.

Tuesday April 4th 2017:
13:00 – 13:45
BBC Two
The Super League Show
Rugby highlights.

13:45 – 14:45
Golf – The Masters
2016 Highlights

Wednesday April 5th 2017:
20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
British Superbike Championship Highlights

Friday April 7th 2017:
10:00 – 11:00
ITV4
ITV Racing – The Opening Show

13:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Tennis – Live Davis Cup
France v Great Britain

14:00 – 17:00
ITV
ITV Racing Live
Ladies Day at Aintree