V8 Supercar racing will be seen live in New Zealand after SKY Television was awarded the media rights to the Championship for the next five years, starting with six and a half hours coverage of this weekend's blockbuster Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
SKY Television secured the five-year broadcast rights to televise all V8 Supercar Championship events in New Zealand. The agreement spans to the end of 2017.
"We welcome SKY Television to the V8 Supercar family and look forward to a fantastic and enduring partnership," V8 Supercar CEO David Malone said.
"We are delighted our approach to SKY has led to this new partnership as our ever-growing New Zealand fan base is incredibly important to us. We are certain partnering with SKY ensures the ultimate package for the fans, the sport, our teams and our invaluable partners."
All V8 Supercar races will be broadcast live on SKY Television on Saturdays and Sunday. Signature events, including this weekend's Clipsal 500, will also feature Friday coverage.
SKY will broadcast both 250 km races live from Adelaide this Saturday and Sunday; as well as qualifying and the Top Ten Shootout on Friday.
"In more recent times the time difference between New Zealand and many of our events has been problematic for our New Zealand viewers on free to air television," Mr Malone said.
"The agreement with SKY Television delivers full coverage of all races across the season. This was particularly imperative for us when we began the negotiations.
"For these reasons SKY Television is a fantastic broadcast partner for our sport in New Zealand."
Richard Last, Director of Sport at SKY was enthusiastic about welcoming V8 Supercars to SKY Sport;
"V8's are a fantastic addition to SKY Sport, I know there will be a lot of very happy SKY customers with this news. The SKY Sport team are passionate about all sport and are looking forward to delivering V8 Supercar races to motorsport fans."
The V8 Supercar Championship commences with the epic Clipsal 500 where 28 brand new cars and four manufacturers - Holden, Ford, Mercedes and Nissan - go head to head for the first time.
Kiwi motorsport fans will be able to support the four New Zealand drivers Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and former A1GP driver Jonny Reid on the grid. Kiwi great Greg Murphy will also drive for the Holden Racing Team in the Endurance Cup.
Murphy is also vying for a place on the grid at the ITM400 Auckland in April if he can secure backing to enter a Holden Racing Team supported wild card entry.
This weekend there will be multiple replays of ARMOR ALL qualifying one and two, the ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout and both Races across all SKY Sport channels. New Zealand viewers should check the SKY Television EPG for full details.
As part of this arrangement Sky Television has agreed to provide full coverage of the ITM400 Auckland at Pukekohe on short delay on free to air television. Full details will be announced shortly.
Details for this weekend's broadcast are:
Friday March 1
Qualifying 1: 5.30pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
Top Ten Shootout: 6.30pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
Saturday March 2
Race 1: 5.00pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
Sunday March 3
Qualifying: 1.30pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
Race 2: 5.00pm SKY Sport 2 LIVE
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