Extensive coverage of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) will be beamed into homes across Australia and the world in 2020, thanks to a bonanza free-to-air television and live-stream deal officially confirmed today.
The centrepiece of the new broadcast arrangement is the popular Speedweek program, which will see highlights of AMRS rounds televised in the well-known Sunday afternoon timeslot on the SBS HD channel.
Produced by experienced motorsport broadcast provider AVE, Speedweek has a long and distinguished history of covering some of Australia’s most prestigious national events and categories.
In addition to the edited highlights on Speedweek, the AMRS will also continue to be shown via a professionally-produced live-stream on the Sunday of each round, through AVE’s Motorsports TV digital platforms, while the highlights packages will also be available to watch on FOX Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.
The big winners of the expansive broadcast arrangement will be AMRS fans, who will be treated to a high-quality viewing experience that will encompass a range of categories including the TA2 Muscle Car Series, GT-1 Australia, Australian Formula 3 Championship, Miniature Race Cars, Production Cars Australia Championship, Thunder Sports and the new Australian Rising Stars Series.
Competitors and categories will also benefit from by far the most generous level of exposure since the inception of AMRS in 2018. With an average reach of more than 300,000 viewers per Speedweek episode, along with live streaming and international exposure through Europe (MotorTrend) and the USA (MavTV), the AMRS is expected to reach a cumulative audience well in excess of two million viewers this year.
AMRS Series Manager Matt Baragwanath said the 2020 broadcast deal affirms the series’ position as the best value national-level motorsport in the country.
“This is quite simply an unbeatable bang-for-buck proposition for our competitors, in terms of the opportunity to compete at national events with the exposure of free-to-air television,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“AVE has a well-earned reputation for producing professional coverage of motorsport events, and for being able to communicate the key storylines of motorsport categories through a combination of on-track footage and feature interviews.
“We can’t wait to work with the AVE team and we’re delighted to have secured this deal – it’s a quantum leap forward for the series.”
AVE Managing Director Greg Sita is looking forward to the new relationship with the series.
“AVE Pty Ltd is pleased to be part of the AMRS for 2020,” Mr Sita said.
“We look forward to delivering quality motor racing television for the many race fans around the world, via free-to-air TV, pay TV and the internet.”
The broadcast and commentary team, which will include a couple of familiar voices and faces, will be announced ahead of the opening AMRS round at Winton, 28 February-1 March.