The entire Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race will be broadcast for the first time on Fox Sports in 2020 with a simulcast on Seven Network, as part of a new broadcast deal announced today.
Fox Sports will lead the broadcast ad free, which will be simulcast on 7 between 5.30am and 6pm on Sunday 2 February.
Additionally, support races, Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying and the Pirelli Top 10 Shootout will also be shown Live, Exclusive and ad break free on Fox Sports on Foxtel and Kayo on Saturday 1 February for the first time.
International audiences can watch the race live and free via streaming on the Bathurst 12 Hour website.
Head of Fox Sports, Peter Campbell, said: “The Bathurst 12 Hour has developed into one of the premier events on the Australian motorsport calendar and there is no better way to hit the ignition on our unrivalled motorsport offering in 2020 alongside Supercars, Formula 1 and MotoGP.
“With a world class driver line-up featuring ex-F1 and current Supercars stars aboard the fastest cars on the planet of every variety in our own backyard, this will be like the Bathurst of old but at lap record speed! And viewers can see Qualifying, the Top Ten Shootout Exclusive and Live on Fox Sports on the Saturday, and all 12 hours of racing LIVE and ad-break free on Foxtel plus anywhere, anytime on Foxtel GO.”
Commenting on the agreement, Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Seven, said: “We’ve always been passionate about motorsport at Seven, so we’re thrilled to be broadcasting the Bathurst 12 Hour race in 2020.
“This year’s race was a massive success, driving huge viewership across 7mate and 7plus, demonstrating the power of sports partnering with Seven to build their audience and reach Australians who love their events. I can’t wait for next year’s race.”
Event Director Kurt Sakzewski said the new partnership with Fox Sports and Seven highlighted the growth the event had experienced in recent years.
“It is a great vote of confidence that Fox Sports is coming on board to broadcast live and ad free the entire 12 hours of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in 2020 as well as the exclusive coverage of the Support Races, Qualifying and the Pirelli Top 10 Shoot-Out on the Saturday, ” Sakzewski said.
“With Seven on board to simulcast Fox’s Sunday race broadcast as well, the event can reach even more fans.
“This is a major boost for our partners, sponsors, supporters and competitors who will receive network television airtime around Australia and for our fans, who will be rewarded for their loyalty to the event with Exclusive Fox Sports coverage on Foxtel and Kayo on the Saturday including Support Races, Qualifying and the Pirelli Top 10 Shoot-Out.
“Having the entire 12-hours showcased live and ad free is rare in the world of endurance racing and we are excited to be able to offer this level of coverage again in 2020.”
John Hindhaugh and the Radio Show Ltd. team will once again join the coverage to be aired in Australia and New Zealand live on TV, and around the world via the live stream.
The return of the RSL team will ensure the race also continues to be broadcast live to their large audience of die-hard endurance racing fans around the globe via radiolemans.com.
Last year a massive audience from 132 countries streamed at least some part of the event.