IT WILL NEVER be easier for race fans around Australia and the world to follow the 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Flag-to-flag live coverage on free-to-air network television in Australia will be complemented by the return of comprehensive live streaming for international fans looking to get their mountain fix this February 6-8.
The Seven Network will provide live coverage of the entire race for the first time, commencing at 5:30am (AEDT) on 7mate before switching to Channel 7 at 2pm (AEDT) for the run through to the finish – live and free around Australia.
The Seven Network will also provide a live stream to the Australian audience, allowing local fans to view the race throughout the day, if they are unable to make it to the track or get to a TV. The stream will be available via the Bathurst 12 Hour website.
Live streaming via the Bathurst12hour.com.au website will provide international fans with complete coverage on Sunday, while qualifying and support race action will be streamed live via the 12-Hour website in Australia and internationally on Saturday.
Completing the most comprehensive coverage of the race yet, radiolemans.com will also stream commentary from Friday’s practice sessions.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant said: “Nothing compares to hearing the roar of vehicles trackside at Bathurst first-hand, but motorsport fans across Australia and the world can also rejoice with the unprecedented broadcast coverage of the 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour making it easy for everyone to enjoy the race.”
“This event continues to draw thousands of visitors to Bathurst each year, and also showcases this wonderful region of NSW and the world-class Mount Panorama Circuit to spectators in Australia and internationally through the television and online broadcasts. The NSW Government is proud to support this fantastic regional event through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW,” Mr Grant said.
Mirroring the international nature of the race itself, a quartet of international voices will also call the race.
Seven’s Sunrise sports host and motorsport commentator Mark Beretta will host the broadcast and cover the Mount Panorama Circuit pit lane throughout the weekend.
John Hindhaugh, acknowledged as the ‘voice of sports car racing’, returns for his third Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and will be will be joined in the commentary box by Bathurst 12 Hour regular Richard Craill.
Radio LeMans and Bathurst 12 Hour regular Shae Adam will join Beretta in pit lane throughout the race, fresh from covering the recent Rolex 24 at Daytona for IMSA Radio.
The on-air team will be augmented by a rotating guest cast of drivers and key figures from the paddock throughout the massive 12 and a half hour broadcast.
"The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has rapidly become one of the 'must-do' events for teams, drivers and spectators,” said Hindhaugh.
"What you have to understand is that free, global audio and video streaming have given this event an international profile that is second only to the Australian F1 GP. Just look at the world-class teams and drivers it attracts."
“Having the whole 2015 race free to air in Australia will bring it to a huge national audience too. Once they see the speed over the Mountain, the commitment of the drivers and the excitement of door to door GT racing that Bathurst generates, they'll be hooked. This could be the start of a GT revolution."
Fans are encouraged to check their local guides for broadcast times in their region.
The Bathurst 12 Hour website will provide links to the domestic and international streams (and live timing) across the race weekend.
The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.