They may be yet to confirm a new NRL rugby league deal but Sky has today announced a new five-year V8 Supercars deal.
“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.”
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 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.
“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, Mr Malone said.
“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’s 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”.
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.
The ITM 400 Auckland will take place for the first time on the upgraded Pukekohe circuit and SKY Sport will have LIVE coverage with free-to-air highlights on PRIME.