THE first uninterrupted Bathurst 1000 race broadcast and a brand new show headline FOX SPORTS’ Supercars coverage for 2018.
FOX SPORTS’ expert commentary team, featuring Supercars legends Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall alongside Jessica Yates, returns to anchor the biggest season ever, with every practice, qualifying session and race across the season LIVE and ad-break free and in HD.
That includes the crown jewel Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October, to be shown ad-break free for the first time.
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“Supercars on FOX SPORTS has been a tremendous hit,” Patrick Delaney, Foxtel CEO, said at Thursday’s Supercars season launch.
Last year was a fabulous year. Everything that Supercars can offer to Australia — the theatre, the controversy, the close racing — and we’re looking forward to this year being the same.
“On FOX SPORTS last year our ratings increased 18 per cent, and if you go back two more years there was a 48 per cent lift, so extraordinary lifts in terms of the attraction and the engagement of our subscribers, so we love the sport to death.”
“I am so excited about this season. This year’s coverage is going to be different, better, special, and we have no ad-breaks in every race, so even Bathurst we’ll have no ad-breaks.”
NEW SHOW, NEW ON-SCREEN GRAPHICS
2018 will also see the debut of a new show, Supercars Trackside, shifting from the studio to broadcasting on-location to give more access to fans and live audiences, plus bringing the latest stories from up and down pit lane.
Two episodes will bookend each event, with a 60 minute preview show on the Thursday evening prior to Friday practice, followed by a 60-minute post-race show on Sunday evening following the race that will dig down into the events of the weekend.
The race weekend broadcasts will also take on a new look in 2018, with an updated graphics package set to enhance the experience for viewers and better tell the story of the races as they unfold.
“Access to the drivers and the teams in Supercars has never been a problem — so long as you can be in the same place. So doing the show from the studios in Sydney has always been a challenge,” Delaney said.
“So we have completely wiped the slate: we’ll take the show to Supercars.
“The show will be Thursday nights with all of our talent, but we will be at the track. We’ll be able to go in and out of pit lane and have access to all of the drivers and the teams.
“I think this will really change the way we’re able to bring fans into the background of Supercars.
“We’ll also do what fans have been asking for a long time; a big show on Sunday night after the race to really wrap up what happened on the weekend.”
More details on Supercars Trackside, the updated graphics package, and FOX SPORTS’ expanded Formula 1 and MotoGP coverage will be revealed in coming weeks.
The opening round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is at the Adelaide 500 from March 1-4.