Speed Works Events has announced Sky as its official broadcast partner, confirming that its motorsport meetings, including the inaugural TCR New Zealand Championship, will be broadcast live on Sky Sport.
The three-year deal will see qualifying and races for the major categories broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday on Sky Sport.
It’s the first time in over 10 years that there has been a major step forward in TV coverage of the country’s premier motorsport championship series. The news that the racing will be live also comes at a time when there is increasing interest in New Zealand motorsport.
The introduction of the TCR New Zealand Series – the local incarnation of an increasingly popular global touring car formula, is generating plenty of interest. Likewise the new-look Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS), which is now effectively a regional F3 series for Australasia – has also fuelled anticipation of the season ahead. The addition of D1NZ at three of the season’s weekends has also added another dimension to the summer’s top motorsport events.
“This is fantastic news for the sport and for fans, drivers and teams alike,” explained Speed Works’ Geoff Short.
“Sky is committed to international, regional and domestic motorsport news and coverage and having the top domestic championships broadcast live in their entirety is great news and should be welcomed by everyone. There’s a bit more news to come with other initiatives, but it’s great to be able to confirm the live package and a major step forward for the sport in New Zealand.”
The five round TCR New Zealand Series kicks off at Highlands on January 17-19, followed in consecutive weeks by Teretonga, Hampton Downs, Pukekohe and Manfield.