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Thursday, 6 September, 2001, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
BBC sets speed trap
Champ Car racing
Average lap speeds in Champ Car racing are 190mph
The Rockingham 500 Champ Car will be screened on Sunday Grandstand (BBC2) on 23 September.

The BBC is to broadcast the fastest motor race ever held in the UK.

Cars are expected to reach average speeds of 190mph around Northampton's Rockingham circuit, the stage for the British round of the US-based Champ Car series.

Champ Cars, officially named the Cart Fedex Championship Series, is America's equivalent of Formula One.

It will be one of the greatest spectacles British motor sport has ever seen
David Grace
Rockingham circuit

But there is one major difference - the cars often race on ovals as well as road and street circuits.

Keke Rosberg holds the fastest official lap ever recorded at a British circuit.

The Finn touched just over 160mph in a Williams-Honda on his way to pole position for the 1985 British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Sunday Grandstand will feature more than one-and-a-half hours of coverage, including footage from previous rounds of the championship.

Suzi Perry will present the programme, with commentary from Leigh Diffey.

Perry will be joined by ex-Grand Prix driver and Cart star Mark Blundell.

Champ Car racing
Cars can cover up to four miles a minute

No less than 14 track cameras, including two "robocams" mounted on the crash wall and an aerial camera, will ensure all the action is covered.

"The agreement between BBC Grandstand, Cart and ESPN has created a unique package of TV coverage for what will be one of the greatest spectacles British motor sport has ever seen" said David Grace, chief executive of Rockingham Motor Speedway.

"We are delighted that sports fans up and down the country will be able to enjoy access to the sport.

"And with the help of BBC's team of experts, we can be sure that all the nuances will be well interpreted for casual viewers and keen enthusiasts alike."

Pat Younge, head of BBC Sport Programme and Planning, added: 'We are delighted to add this premier event to our motorsport portfolio.

"Only the BBC can bring these major events to the mass audience they deserve."

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