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All systems go for the BCTG Elite League Sky TV coverage

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Published: 20 September 2012
Report: Graham Sutton


It's all systems go for the BCTG Elite League Sky TV coverage on Sports Unlimited with highlights from racing at all seven tracks now expected to feature in the coming months.

Programme makers Pro-Active TV met with British Cycling's TV Group, Nigel Leahy and Graham Sutton and viewed footage from the Poole v Oxford match to finalise the format which will be used for the 30 minute coverage.

The Wolverhampton v Birmingham local derby fixture will be match two and like the series opener at Harbourside features plenty of action on and off the track. Coverage of the match-up between the top two in the mid-season table, Birmingham and Oxford is next in the schedule followed by a trip to Glover Park for the controversial and incident packed Leicester versus Wolverhampton encounter.

The recent match between Ipswich and Sheffield was reckoned to be the best BCTG Elite match of the season at Whitton and once again the cameras were their to capture the the action on the track and in the pits. The eagerly awaited return between Oxford and Poole on October 14th is next on the list with a chance for the Dorset club to follow up their home victory with a success at the Horspath village circuit.

Rounding off the series on October 28th, the cameras will focus on the potential league championship decider between Sheffield and Oxford which could see the Yorkshire club go to the top of the table if intervening results go their way. With coverage already extended from six to seven matches, there is also the possibility of an eighth programme featuring season highlights which could be screened around christmas time if production finances permit.

Commenting on the meeting yesterday, Graham Sutton said "I have never been more confident that cycle speedway can reach a wider audience, opening the door to bigger and better television coverage of the sport than ever. We are indebted to the BCTG Group for providing the funding to enable this to happen".

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