The all-female W Series single-seater motorsport championship has agreed a broadcasting deal with Sky Sports.
A three-year partnership, beginning with the upcoming 2022 season, will include the live broadcast of all qualifying sessions and races.
The agreement will run through to the end of W Series’ fifth on-track season in 2024.
It represents the largest media investment by the W Series to date, replacing Channel 4 as the championship’s UK broadcaster.
The biggest W Series season yet
Along with Sky Sports in the UK, W Series is also entering into a new partnership with Sky Sports Italy. The championship has an existing agreement with Sky Sports Germany.
Sky plans to announce its on-air presenting lineup for the W Series ahead of the season-opening round on 7 May.
Channel 4 has retained free-to-air rights to broadcast the fourth round of the 2022 W Series, which supports the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Highlights of the other nine rounds of the W Series will be free-to-air on Channel 4.
‘Showcasing exciting racing’
The 2022 W Series promises to be the highest-profile edition of the championship yet. It includes 10 rounds, supporting eight Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends, beginning with the inaugural Miami GP.
British driver Jamie Chadwick, the defending double champion, will return aiming for a hat-trick of title wins in 2022. This year sees her driving for the new Jenner Racing team, owned by Caitlyn Jenner.
Catherine Bond Muir, W Series CEO, said: “W Series is an increasingly international series – more than half of the races during the 2022 season will take place outside Europe, including our first-ever race in Asia in support of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Our broadcast partnership with Sky Sports reflects this, giving us great breadth of coverage across Sky’s global platforms and we’re excited to showcase incredibly exciting racing through fantastic content, direct to our fans.”