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ARG And SMAC International Broadcast Rights Picked Up

ARG And SMAC International Broadcast Rights Picked Up

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he international broadcast rights for all Australian Racing Group (ARG) and Shannons Motorsport Australia Championship (SMAC) events have been won by international livestream broadcaster Motorsport.tv.

While Motorsport.tv signed the rights for the international rights for every country live and free except Australia and New Zealand, Sky New Zealand has also finalised a deal to broadcast the events in New Zealand for 2021.

The coverage includes all six ARG and SMAC events, including the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, VHT S5000, and more, in addition to the Bathurst International.

Discussing the Sky Sport New Zealand deal, ARG CEO, Matt Braid, said: “The Australian Racing Group is excited to finalise our broadcast partners for the 2021 season, ensuring that every motorsport fan around the globe will have the opportunity to see our world-class categories in action.”

“Sky Sport is the perfect partner for us.

“They love their motorsport and they are passionate about ensuring New Zealand fans have the best and most relevant racing on their screens.

“The Boost Mobile Race Tasmania event is going to be a great way to start the season.

“Famous track, passionate crowd and an incredible line-up of racing, and ARG is proud to help launch the 2021 racing calendar in this part of the world,” he said.

The Boost Mobile Race Tasmania is set to begin Monday, January 25, with coverage for Australians on the Seven Network, as part of a deal announced last week.

Sky New Zealand CEO, Sophie Moloney, said the deal secures Sky Sport New Zealand as the home of motorsport in New Zealand.

“We are pretty excited to be adding this fantastic suite of motorsport events to the Sky grid in 2021,” Moloney said.

“Races will feature expert and emerging drivers and their crews, and fans in Aotearoa will be able to chart their journeys in what promises to be an incredible season of racing.

“We’re looking forward to the first races next week,” she said.

Discussing the Motorsport.tv deal, Braid said: “ARG is pleased to confirm that Motorsport.tv will bring the colour, speed and excitement of our great racing categories to its international audience in 2021.”

“This relationship continues from our Motorsport.tv partnership in 2019, so it’s great to retain a strong and engaged partner.

“The ARG categories offer such a diverse array of machines, including the classes that have such a strong international flavour like of TCR, GT World Challenge, and Trans Am.

“Also, we have some pure home-grown racing like S5000 and Touring Car Masters.

“There’s something for everyone and we hope as many international viewers will enjoy the racing as much as we know the Australian and New Zealanders will,” he said.

Motorsport.tv president, Eric Gilbert, said the coverage will follow a “great response” from the 2019 ARG and SMAC seasons.

“Motorsport.tv is thrilled to carry the livestreams of all TCR Australia, S5000 and all of the racing that comes with the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships events in 2021,” Gilbert said.

“We offered live coverage of their last season in 2019 and had great response from racing fans around the world.

“In addition to those two exciting series, we will also have live coverage of Trans Am and Touring Car Masters, making the whole package even more compelling,” he said.

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