Friday, Oct 18 04:41pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

New free-to-air motorsport show set for Prime

A new two-hour-long prime-time free-to-air motorsport show is set to showcase New Zealand’s premier events.

Prime will host the evening motorsport show, which will feature race highlights, interviews, and stories from motor racing events around the country.

The yet-to-be-named show will begin screening in mid-December. The announcement follows a landmark live television agreement between promoter Speed Wors Events and Sky TV.

“It's another element in cementing Sky and Prime as the home of motorsport in New Zealand,” Speed Works Events promoter Geoff Short said.

“The live Sky broadcast is a great way to get their motorsport fix as the action happens, but adding a high-quality free-to-air element to the overall package will help New Zealand motorsport reach a wider audience.

“There is a lot happening in New Zealand Motorsport right now and it's all good news for the sport and the fans. We have a strong presence internationally as a motorsport nation and we are all working hard to build its popularity here in New Zealand as well.”

Sky Sport also broadcasts the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, NASCAR, MotoGP, the Bathurst 12 Hours, FIM Superbike World Championship, IndyCar, BSB and SkySpeed, the weekly in-season magazine show.

Sky also recently announced a new supercharged sports channel line-up which includes a motorsport channel, Sky Sport 5.

Speed Works Events’ calendar for the 2019-’20 season begins in November at Pukekohe Park before moving to Highlands Motorsport Park in January for its second event. It’ll also mark the first weekend for the Castrol Toyota Racing Series season and also the debut of TCR New Zealand.

January also includes the third event in the calendar at Teretonga, before the series moves to the North Island for the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy meeting at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, the Motor Cup meeting at Pukekohe Park and the final round of the Toyota Racing Series, the New Zealand Grand Prix, at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon.

The final weekend of the summer championship series takes place at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in March.