TCR Australia announced today it has secured live, free-to-air television broadcast coverage for its inaugural season on SBS.
SBS Sport

12 Feb 2019 - 1:52 PM  UPDATED 12 Feb 2019 - 2:01 PM

The broadcast, to be delivered to fans in high definition on its primary channel, will feature live coverage of both Saturday and Sunday races at all seven Shannons Nationals rounds in 2019.

The landmark deal has been negotiated by the Australian Racing Group and CAMS, offering Australian sports fans that best live and free coverage of any motorsport category in Australia.

All seven TCR Australia rounds will receive extensive live coverage, as well as being available on SBS’s digital platforms.

“The TCR Australia Touring Car Series has a substantial and passionate following in Australia. It’s great news that live motorsport is returning to our screens at SBS,” said SBS Head of Sport, Ken Shipp.

“I have no doubt the upcoming season will bring with it some exciting wheel-to-wheel moments and superb on-track entertainment which will be available free-to-air to all Australians.”

The broadcast is set to bring to life the international turbocharged touring car class in full high definition glory, giving fans the best access to all races from the comfort of their homes.

“The Australian Racing Group, in conjunction with CAMS, is very pleased to announce our partnership with SBS to broadcast the 2019 TCR Australia Series,” said Matt Braid, Director, Australian Racing Group.

“Every TCR race in each of the seven Shannons Nationals rounds will be shown live and in high definition on SBS, making it the best free to air coverage of any motorsport category in Australia.

“We have worked hard to confirm the best possible coverage for the inaugural TCR Australia Series for our competitors, and particularly for Australian motorsport fans, and we are extremely pleased to be partnering with SBS who have a great heritage in broadcasting high quality, local and international motorsport.”

The broadcast details and format for TCR Australia’s television coverage will be released in the near future.

SBS is no stranger to coverage of Australian motorsport, having served up post-produced race coverage in its long-standing ‘Speedweek’ program. SBS is also a long-time rights holder of the famous Dakar Rally, and was even the official broadcaster of the Sandown 500 from 1992-1995.

There are currently five eligible TCR Series manufacturers confirmed for this year. HMO Customer Racing recently took delivery of its third Hyundai i30 N, while Honda, Audi, Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo will also be represented. The latter will see Bathurst 1000 winning team Garry Rogers Motorsport take delivery of two Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloces.

The opening round of the TCR Australia will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on May 17-19.