GP2: Rowland, Cecotto, Lancaster, Canamasas all in for Silverstone round

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Four driver changes have been made ahead of this weekend’s GP2 Series round at Silverstone, Great Britain, featuring three returnees and one rookie.

Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland will make his first GP2 start at his home race this weekend, joining MP Motorsport.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd,” Rowland said. “I can’t thank MP Motorsport and the Racing Steps Foundation enough for setting this up for me.

“I raced with the team in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup championship in 2013 and built up a really strong relationship with them.

“Regrettably after all the hard work we put in, we missed out on the title that year by 16 points. So it would be good if I could repay them and the RSF for the belief that they continue to show in me with a strong result this weekend.”

Rowland replaces Sergio Canamasas, who parted company with the Dutch team ahead of the last race in Austria. However, the Spaniard has returned for Silverstone with Lazarus in place of Switzerland’s Zoel Amberg.

At Hilmer Motorsport, British driver Jon Lancaster returns to race in his fourth GP2 Series season, replacing Simon Trummer. He will partner fellow compatriot Nick Yelloly for their home race at Silverstone this weekend.

Earlier this week, it was also confirmed that Johnny Cecotto Jr. would be returning to GP2 after missing the last two races in Austria. The Venezuelan started the year with Hilmer, but will now be racing with Carlin.

A seat was freed up at the British team after Marco Sørensen opted to walk away from GP2 in order to focus on his commitments with Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“I’m really excited to be back in the GP2 car especially with a team with such a history in motor racing,” Cecotto said. “After a few years of being quite close to working together, it’s great to finally race together with Carlin.

“I love Silverstone, I’ve had several podiums there so it’s great to be going back.”

Stoffel Vandoorne heads into the race with a 76-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over American driver Alexander Rossi, and will be keen to uphold his 100% feature race record in 2015 on Saturday at Silverstone.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.