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Wednesday, Oct 9 08:15pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Live television broadcast deal a major coup for D1NZ

The D1NZ National Drifting Championship has landed a deal with Sky Sport that will see the series broadcast in full on live terrestrial television for the first time.

 

Announced this week, the broadcast deal will see the full Speed Works Events calendar shown in New Zealand live and exclusively on Sky Sport. The deal will extend to all five rounds of D1NZ, including standalone events not on the Speed Works Events roster.

 

Live broadcasts of D1NZ events will feature highlights for qualifying followed by the Top-32 competition. Those who are unable to watch the event live will be able to catch up on all the action with highlights packages via Sky Sport and the Sky Sport Now app.

 

D1NZ Category Manager Brendon White said the deal marks a pivotal point in the history of the championship, which is one of the longest running in the world.

 

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“In the 15 years that D1NZ has been running the series has always been on the front foot when it comes to broadcast coverage,” he told velocitynews.co.nz.

 

“Thanks to this new deal we’re taking the sport to another level. Joining forces with Speed Works Events and SKY Sport is major coup for the series.

 

“By being part of a stellar line-up of championships and on New Zealand’s highest profile broadcasting network, it’s undoubtedly going to be the best showcase of domestic motor racing in decades.

 

“It’s a true testament to the dedication of our fans, competitors, sponsors and volunteers to get the sport to where it is today.”

 

White said the addition of Sky Sport to the fold will also take the production quality to new heights providing better opportunities to engage fans in the judging process.

 

After extensive discussions between D1NZ organisers and drivers, it was decided the way forward would be to create a quick-fire-style show. As a result, the 2020 season will multiple regulation changes, such as the removal of One-More-Time runs down to Sudden Death.

 

 

The 2020 season will see the D1NZ National Drifting Championship act as one of the headliners alongside the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, TCR New Zealand Series and BNT V8s.

 

For the first time in series history, the category will begin at Teretonga Park in Invercargill over 24-25 January. It then heads north to Pukekohe Park in Auckland as part of the New Zealand Motor Cup support card. Both events will be held on the Saturday afternoon and evening following the conclusion of the Speed Works Events circuit racing action.

 

The first of the bespoke events takes place at Trustpower Baypark Stadium over 28-29 February. A month later the series continues at Hampton Downs Motorsport park in Waikato on 27-28 March at the Speed Works Events season final. It will be the first time D1NZ has run the extended Club-to-National circuit configuration.

 

The five-round championship concludes at Pukekohe Park over 8-9 May where the Pro Series and Pro-Sport Series titles will be decided. 

 

2020 D1NZ National Drifting Championship Pro Series Calendar

 

Round

 

Circuit

Date

1

 

Teretonga Park, Invercargill

24-25 January

2

 

Pukekohe Park, Auckland

7-8 February 

3

 

Bay Park Arena, Tauranga

28-29 February 

4

 

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato  

27-28 March

5

 

Pukekohe Park, Auckland

8-9 May 

 

2020 D1NZ National Drifting Championship Pro-Sport Series Calendar
 

Round

 

Circuit

Date

1

 

Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupō 

16-17 November

2

 

Bay Park Arena, Tauranga

28-29 February 

3

 

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato  

27-28 March 

4

 

Pukekohe Park, Auckland

8-9 May 

 
Photo: Danny Wood

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