So you want to watch Australian V8 Supercars races live and on demand in New Zealand? Today I’ll show you how to do so with the official broadcaster and a cheaper alternative available internationally.
V8 Supercars, also known as the Supercars Championship, is a touring car racing championship within Australia, operating as an International Series under the International Automobile Federation (FIA); who are the governing body of many similar series of its type throughout the world.
Supercars events take place in every Australian state, in addition to the Northern Territory and ACT, and have done so since 1996, following the formation of the Australian Vee Eight Super Car Company (AVESCO).
Various international events have spawned, including a regular circuit in New Zealand, and countries such as China, Bahrain, the UAE and U.S have also hosted events previously, and the events are given extensive international media coverage.
The term ‘V8’ stems from one of the key components of the cars used in the events; each must strictly use a 5.0 litre V8 engine.
There are four types of events in the V8 Supercars, each with their own individual race formats.
These are the SuperSprint, International SuperSprint, SuperStreet and Enduro Cup events.
The Supersprint events take place in many places throughout Australia, such as Tasmania and Phillip Island. On Saturdays, a single 120/150 km race is held, with a single 250/300 km race taking place on Sundays.
The International SuperSprint is held in Auckland, comprising of multiple practice sessions leading up to two 250km races on the Saturday and Sunday.
The SuperStreet is located in Adelaide, Melbourne, Townsville and Newcastle; Adelaide and Newcastle with a single 250km race on each day, Townsville and Melbourne with the same format but a length of only 200km.
The Enduro Cup is the longest event, hosted in Bathurst, Sandown and Gold Coast, and requires two drivers per car.
The Bathurst 1000 event involves a single 1000km race, running 161 laps on the Mount Panorama Circuit, taking place on the Sunday, and has been referred to as the “Great Race” taking between 6-7 hours to complete.
Teams are awarded points based on their results in each event. Points are awarded to any team that has completed at least 75% of the event while also still active at the point of the race’s completion, but the number of points awarded increases the better the result.
For example, the winner of a standard event receives 150 points, but the 10th place participant only receives 78. The number of drivers and teams varies each year, with the 2019 Supercar Championships saw 28 drivers in total, constituting 14 teams.
DJR Team Penske were victors of the event, drivers Scott Mclaughlin and Fabian Coulthard coming in with 2438 and 2005 points, respectively, with Mclaughlin putting in a particularly dominant performance, with 14 first place victories.
The V8 Supercars are broadcasting in over 130 countries, by Fox Sports and Network Ten, the result of a $241 million deal, showing practice sessions, qualification events and highlight reels. The events also draw in massive crowds, particularly the Bathurst 1000, the most popular event, which in the past has seen upwards of 200,000 people in attendance.
How to Watch V8 Supercars in New Zealand?
You can watch using Sky GO or with a Sky subscription.
Australians can use Kayo Sports.
Or another option…
Watch V8 Supercars NZ
One of the best platforms to watch V8 Supercars happens to be Superview which costs $59.95AUD for the entire championship.
You get access to every 2019 championship qualifying session, every championship race as well as on-demand replays of qualifying sessions and races.
You can not signup from Australia or New Zealand due to rights issues. Without a VPN you must use Sky Go. Your payment will be refunded if your billing address is from Australia or New Zealand.
To solve this problem you should use a VPN and change the country to overseas, maybe Singapore or USA.
You can then signup using a virtual debit card or international credit/debit card.
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