V8Supercar racing will be seen live in New Zealand after SKY Television was awardedthe media rights to the Championship for the next five years, starting with sixand a half hours coverage of this weekend’s blockbuster Clipsal 500 inAdelaide.
SKYTelevision secured the five-year broadcast rights to televise all V8 SupercarChampionship events in New Zealand. The agreement spans to the end of 2017.
“Wewelcome SKY Television to the V8 Supercar family and look forward to afantastic and enduring partnership,” V8 Supercar CEO David Malone said.
“Weare delighted our approach to SKY has led to this new partnership as ourever-growing New Zealand fan base is incredibly important to us. We are certainpartnering with SKY ensures the ultimate package for the fans, the sport, ourteams and our invaluable partners.”
AllV8 Supercar races will be broadcast live on SKYTelevision on Saturdays and Sunday. Signature events, including thisweekend’s Clipsal 500, will also feature Friday coverage.
SKYwill broadcast both 250 km races live from Adelaide this Saturday and Sunday;as well as ARMOR ALL Qualifying and the ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout on Friday.
“Inmore recent times the time difference between New Zealand and many of ourevents has been problematic for our New Zealand viewers on free to airtelevision,” Mr Malone said.
“Theagreement with SKY Television delivers full coverageof all races across the season. This was particularly imperative for us when webegan the negotiations.
“Forthese reasons SKY Television is a fantastic broadcast partner for our sport inNew Zealand.”
RichardLast, Director of Sport at SKY was enthusiastic about welcoming V8 Supercars toSKY Sport;
“V8’sare a fantastic addition to SKY Sport, I know there will be a lot of very happySKY customers with this news. The SKY Sport team are passionate about all sportand are looking forward to delivering V8 Supercar races to motorsport fans.”
TheV8 Supercar Championship commences with the epic Clipsal 500 where 28 brand newcars and four manufacturers – Holden, Ford, Mercedes and Nissan – go head tohead for the first time.
Kiwimotorsport fans will be able to support the four New Zealand drivers Shane vanGisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and former A1GP driver Jonny Reidon the grid. Kiwi great Greg Murphy will also drive for the Holden Racing Teamin the Endurance Cup.
Murphyis also vying for a place on the grid at the ITM400 Auckland in April if he cansecure backing to enter a Holden Racing Team supported wild card entry.
Thisweekend there will be multiple replays of ARMOR ALL qualifying one and two, theARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout and both Races across all SKY Sport channels. NewZealand viewers should check the SKY Television EPG for full details.
Aspart of this arrangement Sky Television has agreed to provide full coverage ofthe ITM400 Auckland at Pukekohe on short delay on free to air television. Fulldetails will be announced shortly.
Detailsfor this weekend’s broadcast are:
ARMORALL Qualifying 1: 5.30pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
ARMORALL Top Ten Shootout: 6.30pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
Race1: 5.00pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
ARMORALL qualifying: 1.30pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
Race2: 5.00pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE