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Eurosport acquires UK GP2 rights

Pan-regional broadcaster Eurosport has secured the UK rights for the GP2 series, the feeder series for Formula One, for the next two and a half years.

The deal follows Eurosport’s recent acquisition of US PGA Tour golf after rights reverted back to their relevant holders following the collapse of UK pay-broadcaster Setanta.

Eurosport acquires the 2009 championships with six rounds remaining, including races at Spa in Belgium, Monza in Italy and the season finale at Portimao in Portugal on 20 September.

“We are delighted to have this prestigious and exciting series back on British Eurosport and to be able to ensure that fans can see the rest of this season’s races,” said Dave Kerr, director of British Eurosport.

“It’s great to add GP2 to our already superb line-up of motorsport, which includes the World Touring Car Championship, World Rally Championship, Formula 2, Dakar Rally, the Renault World Series and the IRC.”

GP2 returns to British Eurosport after a two year absence.