Wednesday, Oct 9 07:50pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Speed Works Events and Sky Sport confirm landmark live television deal

New Zealand’s top tier motor racing series’ will all be broadcast live on Sky Sport this summer courtesy of a deal with Sky New Zealand and Speed Works Events.


The three-year deal will see qualifying and every race of the major categories broadcast across Saturday and Sunday.


Headliners set to be broadcast live next year include the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, TCR New Zealand Series, BNT V8s and the D1NZ National Drifting Championship.


Earlier this year Sky Sport announced a significant change to it’s channel structure. SKY Sport 5 was designated as the ‘home of motorsport’ with dedicated coverage for major racing series around the world.




Among it’s cache of series is the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, NASCAR, MotoGP, WSBK, IndyCar and BSB. Trademark events like the Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst 1000 and 24 Hours of Le Mans are also exclusive to SKY Sport.


Fronted by Stephen McIvor and four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy, SKY Speed is also the only regular motorsport-focused magazine-style TV show.


“We’re excited to be adding Speed Works Events to our growing portfolio of motorsport coverage.” Director of Sport, Tex Teixeira, said


“It is important that Sky continue to help support and grow local sport events.”


It’s a well-timed deal for New Zealand motor racing as interest grows in the new-for-next-year TCR New Zealand Series and new-look Castrol Toyota Racing Series.  




The open-wheel racing series will run an all-new Toyota FT-60, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four. The Tatuus T-318-based single-seater conforms to regional Formula 3 championship standards set by the FIA, making it a favourite for European drivers in the Northern Hemisphere winter.


TCR – short for Touring Car Racing – will debut next year. The global formula features 15 manufacturers from around the world, including Honda, Audi, Volkswagen, Subaru, SEAT and several more.


The TCR New Zealand Series will run to the same five-week calendar as the Toyota Racing Series, meaning five straight weekends of coverage across January and February throughout summer.




“This is fantastic news for the sport and for fans, drivers and teams alike,” Geoff Short of Speed Works Events said.


“Sky is committed to international, regional and domestic motorsport news and coverage and having the top domestic championships broadcast live in their entirety is great news and should be welcomed by everyone.


“There's a bit more news to come with other initiatives, but it's great to be able to confirm the live package and a major step forward for the sport in New Zealand.”



The Speed Works Events calendar for the 2019–’20 season begins in November at Pukekohe Park. The season recommences in the new year at Highlands Motorsport Park in January for the first round of the Toyota Racing Series.


Races at Teretonga Park, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park and Pukekohe Park follow. The Toyota Racing Series concludes at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon. However, there’ll be one more date after the conclusion of the single-seater series at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park for the BNT V8s. 


2019–’20 Speed Works Events Calendar


Round Circuit Date
1 Pukekohe Park, Auckland 29 November–1 December
2 *Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell 17–19 January
3 *Teretonga Park, Invercargill 24–26 January
4 *Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato 31 January–2 February
5 *Pukekohe Park 7–9 February 
6 *Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding 14–16 February
7 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato 27–29 March


* Denotes Castrol Toyota Racing Series rounds