V8 Supercars

v8They 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.” Continue reading »

9:30am – Sunday, October 9 on TV 3

This week 3 proudly presents LIVE coverage of the biggest annual motorsport race in the Southern hemisphere. Gillette Motorsport V8 Supercars: Rd 10 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 screens LIVE from 9:30am on Sunday, October 9 th on 3. The race will take a five minute break at 6pm for a special reduced 3 News bulletin, after which we will return LIVE to the race at 6:05pm. Leading up to this annual event, we spoke to Bathurst 100 host and car enthusiast Shaun Summerfield about his love of motorsport, what Bathurst means to him, and whether he’s a Ford or a Holden man. When and how did your love of motorsport begin?

I’ve loved cars as long as I can remember – in almost every picture of me from one-year-old on, I’m holding a steering wheel. My Dad passed on the motor-gene; he would take us to Ruapuna right throughout summer; since I can remember, the smell of Castrol-R, Av-Gas and hot gearbox oil has given me goosebumps.

Can you tell us what Bathurst means to you?

For a long time it was all about Peter Brock. Peter Perfect was my childhood hero; he made it look so easy, so much fun. It was also about the cars that looked a lot like everyday machines, competing in this incredibly gruelling event. Back then along with the Fords and Holdens, there were Toyotas, Nissans, BMW’s and my favourites – the Jaguar XJS’s.

Then there’s the circuit. Mount Panorama is one of the greatest on the planet; it really is a Down-Under version of the Nurburgring.

Do you get into the whole Ford versus Holden thing, or are you more interested in supporting individual drivers?

I love cars, but in all honesty Motorsport is about the drivers. Although I reckon the Ford vs. Holden thing adds a whole other dimension – a sort of tribal affiliation to fall back on should your driver not perform. So, without sounding too PC: there are seven Kiwi’s racing at Bathurst this year, that’s where my support goes first of all. I’d love Murph to win, but also would be over the moon if either of our young guns topped the podium.

Make sure to join hosts Shaun Summerfield and Andy Booth for what once again promises to be a day full of excitement and drama when Gillette Motorsport V8 Supercars: Rd 10 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 screens LIVE from 9:30am on Sunday, October 9 th on 3. Following this Melbourne Cup of motor racing, TV3 is screening the Rugby World Cup 2011: Quarter Final 4 LIVE at 8pm.

GILLETTE MOTORSPORT: V8 SUPERCARS: ROUND 10 SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000

Sunday, October 10th at 10am

This week 3 proudly presents Live coverage of the biggest annual motorsport race in the Southern hemisphere. V8 Supercars: Round 10 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 screens Live from 10am on Sunday, October 10th on 3. The race will take a 15 minute break at 6pm for a special reduced News bulletin, after which we will return Live to the race at 6:15pm. 

Leading up to this annual event, we spoke to Bathurst 100 host and car enthusiast Shaun Summerfield about his love of motorsport, what Bathurst means to him, and whether he’s a Ford or a Holden man.

When and how did your love of motorsport begin?

I’ve loved cars as long as I can remember – in almost every picture of me from one-year-old on, I’m holding a steering wheel. My Dad passed on the motor-gene; he would take us to Ruapuna right throughout summer; since I can remember, the smell of Castrol-R, Av-Gas and hot gearbox oil has given me Goosebumps.

Can you tell us what Bathurst means to you?

For a long time it was all about Peter Brock. Peter Perfect was my childhood hero; he made it look so easy, so much fun. It was also about the cars that looked a lot like everyday machines, competing in this incredibly gruelling event. Back then along with the Fords and Holdens, there were Toyotas, Nissans, BMW’s and my favourites – the Jaguar XJS’s.

Then there’s the circuit. Mount Panorama is one of the greatest on the planet; it really is a Down-Under version of the Nurburgring. 

Do you get into the whole Ford versus Holden thing, or are you more interested in supporting individual drivers?

I love cars, but in all honesty Motorsport is about the drivers. Although I reckon the Ford vs. Holden thing adds a whole other dimension – a sort of tribal affiliation to fall back on should your driver not perform. 

So, without sounding too PC: There are seven Kiwi’s racing at Bathurst this year, that’s where my support goes first of all. I’d love Murph to win, but also would be over the moon if either of our young guns topped the podium.

Make sure to join Shaun with Andy Booth and Mark Pedersen for what once again promises to be a day full of excitement and drama when the V8 SUPERCARS: ROUND 10 SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 screens Live from 10am on 10am on Sunday, October 10th on 3.   

6:00pm Saturday, October 9 on C4

Continued from the TV3 coverage of session that decides grid positions for the 1000km endurance race.

Round 2 Hamilton 400 Practice
Friday, April 17th at 4:30pm

Round 2 Hamilton 400 Qualifying and Race 1
Saturday, April 18th at 12pm

Round 2 Hamilton Race 2
Sunday, April 19th at 12pm

It will be Ford vs. Holden when the Hamilton 400 V8 Supercars Street Circuit returns to Hamilton as part of the 2009 V8 Supercars championship.

Presented by Shaun Summerfield the second Hamilton 400 is set for 17 to 19 April 2009. Racing for the new Mark Porter memorial trophy is going to be yet another exciting weekend of Motorsport history!

The 2009 Hamilton 400 will consist of two 200km races around the streets of Hamilton. The 3.4km circuit runs from the Waikato stadium, with pits and start-finish line on Mill St through around the Frankton business district to Seddon Park.

The V8 Supercars series is the one of the most popular motorsport series in Australia and New Zealand, the rivalry between the Ford and Holden cars is a major aspect of the sport’s appeal. The cars are strictly governed in all aspects of performance to keep all the drivers on an even footing. This creates close, exciting races in which entire fields of 29 drivers can be separated by just one second over qualifying laps at some events.

Holden driver, Garth Tander won the inaugural Hamilton 400 street race in front of a sell-out crowd last year. But who will take the title this time round? Find out with 3’s exclusive V8 Supercars coverage on: Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, and Sunday 19th of April.

Sunday, October 12th at 9:30am

This week 3 proudly presents LIVE coverage of the biggest annual motorsport race in the Southern hemisphere, hosted by Simon Doull, Roger Farrelly and Aaron Slight with special reports from Tracey Donaldson and Greg Murphy the V8 Supercars: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 screens live from 9:30am on Sunday, October 12th on 3.

The Bathurst 1000 is a 1000 kilometre touring car race held annually at Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

The race traces its lineage back to a production car race held at Phillip Island in 1960, called the Armstrong 500. Since then 51 races have taken place under the combined history of two events at two venues in two states. It is known among fans and broadcasters as “The Great Race”, and is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motorsport.

“What I love about Bathurst is that an otherwise ordinary season can be rescued by a spectacular result on the mountain,” says Tracey Donaldson of the importance of this monumental race.

“So although it’s near the end of the calendar, it’s kind of like a clean slate,” she adds.

The winners of the race receive the Peter Brock Trophy, inaugurated at the 2006 race in honour of Peter Brock who, with nine Bathurst victories, remains the most successful driver in the history of the race. Since 2000, the race has been run exclusively for V8 Supercars and is now a round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

“I’ve heard drivers say that a win at Bathurst can be more memorable than winning the season,” Donaldson says of the prestige of the Peter Brock Trophy.

“From what I’ve heard of the way the fans party – wall-flowers need not apply. I can’t wait!” She adds in excitement of the event.

Make sure to join Tracey and the rest of the team for these celebrations when the V8 Supercars: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 screens live from 9:30am on Sunday, October 12th on 3.