Sky NZ completes worldwide broadcasting deals for ARG and SMAC events
Sky New Zealand has inked a deal to be the exclusive broadcaster in New Zealand for the Australian Racing Group (ARG) and Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships (SMAC) in 2021.
The deal ensures that all six ARG and SMAC events, plus the Bathurst International, will be seen live into the homes of New Zealand race fans.
Known as the home of motorsport in New Zealand, the likes of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, VHT S5000 and more will join a long list of global motorsport properties that are shown on the popular Sky Sport network.
The Kiwi deal concludes a suite of worldwide deals allowing access to the ARG and SMAC events for fans wherever they are. Australian viewers can watch the action via Seven, with free-to-air channel 7mate and its streaming option 7plus.
Australian viewers can watch the action via the screens of Seven, with free-to-air channel 7mate and its streaming option 7plus.
New Zealand coverage will be seen on Sky Sport, while all other international viewers won’t miss a moment thanks to internationally renowned livestream broadcaster Motorsport.tv.
For viewers of the Boost Mobile Race Tasmania event, starting Monday, fans will see the likes of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, S5000, Touring Car Masters and the National Trans Am Series, plus other local support races.
Through this the year, a great variety of other racing categories will be seen, including the GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge and more.
The ARG and SMAC events will visit some of Australian motorsport best circuits, including Phillip Island, Sydney Motorsport Park, Sandown Raceway and the world famous Mount Panorama at Bathurst.
BROADCAST TIMES, BOOST MOBILE RACE TASMANIA
MONDAY, JANUARY 25
7mate – 3:30pm-5:30pm AEDT
7plus – 12:00-6:00pm AEDT
Sky Sport – 12:00-6pm AEDT
Motorsport.tv – 12:00-6pm AEDT
TUESDAY, JANUARY 26
7mate – 11:00am-4:00pm AEDT
7plus – 11:00am-5:00pm AEDT
Sky Sport – 11:00-5pm AEDT
Motorsport.tv – 11:00-5pm AEDT
CEO, Sky New Zealand
“We are pretty excited to be adding this fantastic suite of motorsport events to the Sky grid in 2021,” said Moloney.
“Races will feature expert and emerging drivers and their crews, and fans in Aotearoa will be able to chart their journeys in what promises to be an incredible season of racing.
“We’re looking forward to the first races next week.”
CEO, Australian Racing Group
“The Australian Racing Group is excited to finalise our broadcast partners for the 2021 season, ensuring that every motorsport fan around the globe will have the opportunity to see our world-class categories in action,” said Braid.
“Sky Sport is the perfect partner for us. They love their motorsport and they are passionate about ensuring New Zealand fans have the best and most relevant racing on their screens.
“The Boost Mobile Race Tasmania event is going to be a great way to start the season. Famous track, passionate crowd and an incredible line-up of racing, and ARG is proud to help launch the 2021 racing calendar in this part of the world.”
Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations, Motorsport Australia
“The 2021 Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships will be one of the biggest and best yet and today’s announcement further highlights the growing stature of these events,” Smith said.
“Together with the Australian Racing Group, we’re really excited to provide motorsport fans both here in Australia and New Zealand, as well as around the world, with live access to a huge range of categories and drivers who will all be eager to put on a show.
“With Race Tasmania taking place this weekend, we can’t wait for the racing to get underway before moving to the first Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event at Phillip Island in February as part of the Australian All Wheels Race Fest.”