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CBS Sports Network to Broadcast California 8H

CBS Sports Network to carry California 8H live…

CBS Sports Network will televise next month’s inaugural California 8 Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the third round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, it was announced today.

The event, featuring GT3 and GT4 homologated cars in the third of the four-race championship, will be shown in two portions on the CBSSN, with the start of the eight-hour event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT and the finish from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT.

In addition, the middle portion, 2 to 7 p.m., of the race will be broadcast worldwide on www.sro-motorsports.com.

The California 8 Hours race is the first event in North America for the IGTC, which debuted last year in an initial three-race series.

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour kicked off this year’s championship, followed by the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July and the Motul Sepang 12 Hours set to close out the season on Dec. 9.

“We are excited to bring the SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge to North America and particularly one of the world’s most legendary road circuits in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Stephane Ratel, president/CEO of SRO Motorsports.

“Having CBS Sports Network televising the upcoming event will give North American racing fans the opportunity to see some of the world’s best GT racing.”

The announcing lineup for the California 8 Hours will be veterans Greg Creamer, Jeff Lepper, Jeremy Shaw and Shea Adam with pit reporters being Jake Query and Katie Osborne.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. jason

    September 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Ok this is not good. Any stream could be geo blocked now. Is GTWorld youtube channel covering it? Would be awesome to hear if John Watson is going to be a commentator. I think he is great.

    • Guest

      September 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Every race on SRO website is also on YouTube. You can guarantee it will be geoblocked for the US (and sometimes Canada). Gotta love the dinosaur cable-TV model; block online so everyone will flock to our premium-package channel! Don’t forget that 20 minutes of every hour will be plastering you with commercials. Remember when cable channels would be commercial-free, because you know paying for the channel?

      Cable companies: one of the best sales models for a VPN.

      Hopefully John Watson does do the streaming commentary, because the people they listed only Jeremy Shaw and Shea Adam are any good.

  2. Val Herod

    September 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    That will be a race to see in person if I knew of the date.

    • Bruce

      September 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      October 15

  3. NorthSask

    September 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    That’s actually really bad news. CBSSN is unavailable to the majority of people who would watch the race. PWC and SRO would’ve been much better served to show the whole race online.

  4. Bob

    September 26, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Oh sweet, so no one is going to watch it on TV, and YouTube is going to geoblock it. Fire up those VPNs.

  5. Aus

    October 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

    MotorTrend-On-Demand will stream the middle hours of the race.

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