So you want to watch or access V8 Supercars in New Zealand but aren't sure how? The rights are held by Sky Sports, so you need a premium subscription to watch.
It's annoying right! But stay tuned, we have a few options for you.
Can I V8 Supercar Championship In NZ?
Yes you can. You need an active Spark Sports subscription. You cannot watch V8 Supercars without a premium subscription.
This can be expensive for those living in New Zealand and Australia, so with the help of a VPN you can access Superview.com and watch more affordably.
Watch V8 Supercars
What is a VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) is a piece of software that runs in the background on your device and replaces your normal IP address with an overseas one.
With one click you can change your IP address to any country in the world. This makes it possible to unlock local content you usually couldn't access, fast and safe.
Additionally a VPN allows you to remain secure online, by protecting your real identity from prying eyes such as your ISP and local authorities.
VPN's don't track your usage either, allowing you to do whatever you like online.
There's many VPN providers out there, but we only recommend the best and most affordable for New Zealand residents and tourists.
How To Access V8 Supercars With A VPN
You don't technically need a VPN but you can use one with Superview.com which offers full coverage of all race weekends for only $59.95 per year.
There is no way to watch Superview New Zealand without using a VPN or Smart DNS provider. Fortunately these are very affordable to purchase.
Follow this simple five step process to watch Superview.com
1. Purchase Cheapest VPN Plan
Surfshark is one of the most affordable providers out there, with plans starting at $1.99USD per month. This works out to be around $3.15 per month in NZD.
You can purchase with Paypal, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Amazon Pay and Google Pay. A full 30 day money back guarantee is included.
2. Download The Application
You'll receive an email with your login details.
Additionally you'll be able to download their software for your device.
They offer support for MacOS, Windows, Linux, FireTV, AppleTV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, Google Chrome, Firefox and Roku.
3. Login To Your VPN Account
Once the app is installed, you'll need to use the username and password to login.
The app will remember your login details for future access.
4. Activate & Choose USA Server
You'll be able to change locations in a matter of seconds. Click connect and once the Surfshark logo lights up green you'll be connected.
If you want fast speeds then choosing the Optimal location will be your best option.
Currently they offer over 63 countries across 6 continents to choose from.
5. Signup & Start Watching
Ensure you're connected to a location where the app is based, i.e. United States.
Then it's time to visit Superview.com and signup for your paid account. Once you've verified your account, you'll be able to watch their content.
You can then disconnect the VPN when you'e finished and reload again next time using the quick connect option.
What is V8 Supercars?
The V8 Supercars Championship is a touring car racing disputed in Australia and New Zealand since 1960. It was first called “Australian Touring Car Championship” and forged the rivalry between Ford and Holden.
Originally, each calendar date was contested to a single race, with few exceptions. In 1992 a format of two races per date was adopted, and in 1996 it changed to three races per date.
Later, in 1999, three special races were added to the calendar: Bathurst’ 1000 km, Adelaide’s 500 km and Queensland’s 500 km. In 2003 the 500 km of Queensland were replaced by the 500 km of Sandown.
V8 Supercars Calendar
The calendar also holds the races of Gold Coast 600, included in 2009, and the newest incorporation: Newcastle 500, that was first released in 2017, in New South Wales.
The Ford-Holden rivalry was exploited by the two companies, which used official cars on track to promote high-performance versions of their Ford Falcon, Holden Monaro and Holden Torana street models. Currently Holden leads the duel with 13 titles against Ford’s six titles.
V8 Supercars History
In 1973 the Group C CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport)’ rules were adopted by the competition. This allowed the teams to modify their cars, avoiding the necessity of commercialize those models.
In was in that period that Holden Commodore appeared, along with BMW 6 Series, Mazda RX-7 and Chevrolet Camaro.
Twelve years later, the V8 Supercars Championship embraced International Automobile Federation (FIA)’s Group A rules, which allowed the importation of foreign cars, like Ford Sierra and Nissan Skyline.
In1993 new rules were adopted by the championship, due to the fact that Nissan Skyline R32 cars were considered an unfair advantage because of its power, and these rules were exclusively for Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore with V8 engines as main class.
They began participating in the Australian Super Touring Championship independently in 1994. Super Touring had its own Bathurst 1000 KM in 1997 and 1998, so the race received the denomination of Australian 1000 Classic.
The tournament was renamed V8 Supercars in 1999, and the Bathurst 1000 Km start giving championship points. Since that moment, the other resistance races give points as well, like it was in the decade of 1970.
Since 1995 until 2012 the only models allowed in the category were Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.
Modern Day V8 Supercars
The category adopted new cars in 2013, with standard chassis and 18-inch diameter wheels. Mercedes-Benz and Nissan joined the same year, with their Nissan Altima and Mercedes-Benz E Class models, while Volvo did it in 2014 with its Volvo S60. Mercedes-Benz left after the 2015 season and returned at the end of 2016.
In 2017 the Australian Supercar Championship allowed other engines besides traditional V8. Holden decided to try a V6 Turbo engine in 2018.
The current competition’s champion driver is Scott McLaughlin, member of DJR Team Penske, who drives a Ford Mustang GT.
The Australian driver Jamie Whincup is the championship most-winner with 7 titles while driving for the brand Holden, followed by Dick Johnson, Mark Skaife and Ian Geoghegan with five titles each.
V8 Supercar New Zealand FAQ's
1. Do you have to be in Australia to watch V8 Supercars?
Of course not, there's actually coverage on Sky Sports but this is a monthly fee that's quite expensive, especially if you just want to watch Supercars.
2. Is V8 Supercars available in NZ?
You can watch on Sky Sports, or you can use the services of a VPN to change your country and access Superview.com which offers far more content and highlights on demand.
3. What is the price of Superview.com?
You can purchase a yearly subscription for $59.95. It's fixed so it doesn't matter if you buy it at the start of the season or end, it's the same price.
4. How do I get V8 Supercar Championship on the TV?
You can use the Sky Go app and you should be able to live stream the races. If you can't, then you can use Superview and download their app or cast to your TV.
Additionally you can install the VPN app on your router, if it's supported and this will allow you to cast content from the Hulu website on your laptop or smartphone to the TV.
Chromecast does not work without a router VPN.
5. Is V8 Supercar Championship coming to NZ?
There are no plans for the V8 Supercar Championship to come to New Zealand as it's an Australian motorsport season.
6. What can I watch on Superview?
You can watch all the V8 Supercar races throughout the year.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.