China-based motorsport returns on Friday and will be live streamed across the country.
The third season of the China Endurance Championship motorsport series begins on Friday (14 August) at Ningbo International Speedpark in south-eastern China.
The event sees GT3, GTC (older generation GT3 cars), GT4, touring cars and prototype cars competing in 150-minute races at each round. There are four rounds to the China Endurance Championship season. All cars compete under a standardised set of rules that meet internationally recognised regulations for each class.
The races are being produced and broadcast by Beijing-based China Television Service (CTVS). They will be live streamed on different networks across China, where previously the sport has picked up an audience of “tens of millions.”
2020 China Endurance Championship calendar
Round#1, 14-16 August – Ninbgo Speedpark, Ningbo (China)
Round#2, 11-13 September – Shanghai International Circuit (China)
Round#3, 16-18 October – Zhuhai International Circuit (China)
Round#4, December [TBC] – Wuhan Street Race (China)
CTVS CEO Gernot ‘Berti’ Kuntze, said: “Live productions for motorsport events across Asia has been a mainstay for CTVS for more than 10 years. We’ve produced events for manufacturers like Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, plus events like DTM (German Touring Cars in China), GT World Challenge, Carrera Cup Asia, Asian Le Mans and more, including three seasons now of the China Endurance Championship.
Ray Jia, the organiser of the China Endurance Championship, added: “The online television market is rapidly changing, perhaps more-so in China than anywhere else in the world. For us, working with a Chinese-based company with great experience in motorsport was exactly what we needed.
“Motorsport is in its infancy in Asia, and more particularly China, however it is growing at a fantastic rate with strong support from fans, and the best way to build a stronger fan base, is to build it around the local drivers, and I think this year will really lay some strong foundations for Chinese motorsport for many years to come.”