Irish GP to be broadcast on BBC News channel
A new sportscar series is to be aired on BBC television in 2018, and its expected to be the first one to feature an Irish driver.
The racing series will be called The Irish GP, the BBC said on Friday.
It will also be the fifth race in which a driver from Ireland will appear on the race schedule.
Its the first time the series will have featured an Irish racer, the first being Formula One.
Last year’s race at the track in Kiawah Island, Kildare, featured a driver who was a second-generation racing driver from Northern Ireland.
“The programme will be a mixture of sports and the arts,” said BBC Sport’s senior sportswriter, Stephen McPhail.
Dublin-based company Sports Car Ireland said it was pleased with the BBC’s decision to give it the opportunity to put on a series of racing series.
I was very proud to be given the opportunity,” said Sport Car Ireland CEO Stephen McGlennan.
Sport Car Ireland, which is also the exclusive promoter of Formula One in the Republic of Ireland, is the third Irish racing series to air on the BBC, after Formula One Ireland and Formula One Race Team.
Formula One has already broadcast the series in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.
Irish racing has been on the decline in recent years, with a record number of deaths at the hands of motorcyclists.
This year’s sportscar race, which took place in February in Kildaren, was the first in a series to be televised in Ireland.