Good news for Australian motorsport fans with the welcome news that the Bathurst 12 Hour race will continue to be seen on free to air TV in 2018.
7mate will again show the entirety of the race on Sunday, February 4 with coverage commencing at 5:30am AEDT, ahead of the traditional race start time of 5:45am.
Live coverage of the Pirelli Top-10 Shootout on Saturday, also on 7Mate, will ensure 13.5 hours of live coverage will be aired across the weekend.
A one-hour highlights program will also air on both Channel 7 and 7mate in the weeks following the race.
“Seven has a deep connection with Mount Panorama over more than five decades,” said Saul Shtein, Head of Sport for Seven.
“We look forward to being the network of the 12 Hour. Great drivers and great cars on one of the world’s best racing circuits. Who could ask for anything else.”
Fans will also be able to follow the race via their computer or mobile device in Australia thanks to the 7Live app or the official event website, while International audiences can follow the race online via a live stream hosted on the official event website, www.bathurst12hour.com.au.
Mark Beretta will host the coverage and will again cover the race from pit lane.
He will be joined in pit lane by Chad Neylon and Radio Le Mans regular Shea Adam while 7 News Journalist Alex Hart will also join the team for the first time to add more coverage from the paddock.
The voice of global sports car racing, John Hindhaugh, Daily Sportscar editor Graham Goodwin and Richard Craill will be on commentary.
The 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour was viewed by an average audience of more than 400,000 on Sunday, with the telecast reaching an audience of 1.2 million people.
There were more than 800,000 streams of the race and Pirelli Top-10 shootout via the event website and streaming partners.
“We are very happy to continue the longstanding relationship between the Seven Network and endurance motor racing at Mount Panorama,” Event Director John Casey said.
“Seven has been a vital partner in the growth of the race in recent years and in 2018 their viewers will see possibly the best Bathurst 12 Hour grid yet.
“We continue to invest in the coverage to make it better than ever before. This year we will be adding a fourth member to the pit lane team to tell more of the amazing stories that occur throughout the race.”
The 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will be held on 2-4 February.
With Bathurst 12 Hours Media Release