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V8SuperTourers secure TV3 broadcast deal

The new V8SuperTourer racing series gathers further momentum with news that full coverage of each of the seven V8SuperTourer rounds will screen exclusively on TV3s Gillette Motorsport show in 2012.

The exclusive broadcast package ensures the inaugural season of V8SuperTourer racing will be free-to-air via the popular motorsport show on TV3 nationwide.

John McIntyre, spokesperson for New Zealands newest V8 racing series, says the exclusive coverage allows fans of the new V8 Series of Champions to see all the race action on the Sunday of each round. Another significant move is that the third race of each of the four sprint rounds and the main race of each of the three endurance rounds will screen live during the shows prime 2pm to 5pm slot.

We have been working on a suitable package since April this year, so its very pleasing to have signed with TV3, which has truly established itself as New Zealands home of motorsport, says McIntyre who is also one of the V8SuperTourer team owners and drivers, and a three-time New Zealand V8 touring car champion.

Its tremendously exciting to now be working with the Gillette Motorsport team to put this broadcast package together. Our teams sponsors and the series sponsors will benefit greatly from the exclusive element of our broadcast with a minimum of three commercial hours being screened from each of the seven rounds of our first season of V8SuperTourer racing.

From each of the four sprint rounds, Gillette Motorsport will provide delayed coverage of race one from Saturday and race two on Sunday, before screening the weekends third and final race live.

From each of the three endurance rounds, which feature one main race on Sunday, the entire race will screen live.

Gillette Motorsport host and TV3s motorsport reporter Shaun Summerfield says hes just as excited as the V8SuperTourer drivers to have the new series feature on the show in 2012.

The V8SuperTourers add another dynamic racing series to our existing local line-up, says Summerfield. To have so many talented drivers in the new series means we know were going to get some brilliant racing to enjoy throughout their first-ever season.

McIntyre adds: Shaun Summerfield and the Gillette Motorsport team will also make sure fans can enjoy lots of behind-the-scenes detail of all 16 drivers, teams and the technical aspects of the cars from our inaugural season.