SKY Television has signed up to broadcast the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for another three years, just as more Kiwis are ready to win races in the Australian category.
Last year saw more Supercars race wins by Kiwi drivers than ever before, as Red Bull Holden’s Shane van Gisbergen and Shell V-Power Racing’s Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin clocking up a combined 17 of the 26 races plus the Wilson Security Sandown 500 win by the outstanding co-driver Richie Stanaway.
While 2018 is set to have more Kiwis, with five full-time drivers as rookie Richie Stanaway and returnee Andre Heimgartner will join the existing trio Kiwis from last year.
The question remained about the Supercars broadcasting rights in New Zealand, as SKY Television took over the Supercars broadcasting rights in 2013 from Mediaworks (TV3) who held the rights for six years.
SKY has since improved the coverage a lot over the five year period as they went from broadcasting the international coverage of qualifying and the races to full day coverage aired by Foxtel.
New Zealanders have been getting the same coverage that Australian-paying viewers get to see with Jessica Yates, Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife chats alongside the Supercars Media’s international broadcast.
Apexnews.co.nz has learned, that SKY Televison’s rights has been extended from the originally announced five-year deal – starting in 2013 – to the end of 2020, giving the Kiwi fans what they’ve been asking for.
SKY is set to reveal the full TV schedule in the next few days for the season opening Adelaide 500 next weekend.