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Channel 4 adds W Series to motorsport line-up

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired rights to the W Series, the new women’s motor-racing championship that will debut next month.

The broadcaster will show each of the six races on the W Series calendar live and in high-definition. Races will also be available online and via the 4 Catch-Up service.

It will also show build-up and behind-the-scenes coverage from each circuit during the 2019 series, which begins on May 4 at Hockenheim in Germany.

Channel 4 also broadcasts the men’s Formula One championship.

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