The Seven Network has been confirmed as the free-to-air broadcaster for the new-look Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships from 2020.
In a multi-year deal with CAMS (Motorsport Australia), and TCR Australia and S5000 promoters the Australian Racing Group (ARG), Seven will provide a minimum of six hours of live coverage across the Saturday and Sunday of each event.
Alongside the television broadcast, a simulcast will be streamed online through’s Seven’s free broadcast video on-demand service 7plus.
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The Sydney Motorsport Park round on 28–29 March 2020 will be the first round of seven rounds to be broadcast by the network, with ARG’s end-of-year Bathurst International event to also be aired.
Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, was pleased to welcome motorsport back to the network.
“We’re thrilled to be broadcasting these great motorsport events from next year. Motorsport has long been a passion of ours at Seven, and we’ve led the way with innovative coverage of iconic Australian motorsport for decades,” Martin said.
“This agreement marks the next step in our commitment to motorsport, and we look forward to working with Australian Racing Group to bring these events to Australians live and free from 2020.”
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The 2019 Shannons Nationals enjoyed a record-breaking season on and off-track, with new categories and an improved broadcast package enticing more than half a million viewers to the online livestream alone.
Seven’s arrival as the free-to-air broadcaster is off the back of a positive 12 months for what was formerly the Shannons Nationals, according to Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships Director Michael Smith.
“2019 has been undoubtedly the best ever for what was the Shannons Nationals, and this growth has ultimately culminated in this moment of our evolution,” said Smith.
“We’ve always been proud of the product, and we’re glad it has enjoyed the reception it has had on and off the track this year. Alongside our strategic partners in the Australian Racing Group, we’re very excited to deliver an even better Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships next year at Australia’s best motor racing facilities.”
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Across seven rounds, next year’s Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships will also feature the likes of Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia, Production Car Series, Prototype Series, Touring Car Masters, and V8 Touring Cars.