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Seven’s massive week of sport

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Bathurst 1000 from 10.30am Friday, BBL starts Sunday, The Ashes start Wednesday

Australia, start your engines, because one of the best-ever weeks of live and free sport awaits on the Seven Network, starting this Friday when our nation’s greatest motorsport event, the Repco Bathurst 1000, roars into action.

The Bathurst 1000 is the jewel in the crown of the world’s premier touring car championship, Supercars, and Seven will bring fans three full days of high-octane action from Mount Panorama.

Seven’s live and free coverage starts at 10.30am AEDT Friday on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, and will feature the first twilight finish in Bathurst 1000 history, with the iconic 161-lap race set to come to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday evening. Seven’s broadcast of the all-important final day at Mount Panorama starts at 8.30am AEDT Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The Bathurst 1000 is just the start of Sunday’s unmissable sporting action on Seven. Not long after the chequered flag has come down at Mount Panorama, an epic new season of Big Bash League will kick off, when the competition’s reigning champions, Sydney Sixers, take on bitter rivals Melbourne Stars at 7.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

Three days later, Test cricket’s most revered contest, the Ashes, begins when the game’s oldest rivals, Australia and England, renew hostilities on day one of the much-anticipated First Test at the Gabba. Seven’s coverage begins at 10.00am AEDT next Wednesday, 8 December, on Channel 7 and 7mate.

The Repco Supercars Championship has been building all year to this week at Australian motorsport’s spiritual home, Mount Panorama, where recently crowned 2021 champion Shane van Gisbergen will look to cap a brilliant season with a second consecutive Bathurst 1000 victory alongside co-driver Garth Tander.

This Sunday, for the very first time on a free-to-air broadcast of the Bathurst 1000, fans in the capital cities won’t miss a second of the great race as Seven’s coverage continues uninterrupted during commercial breaks via cutting-edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology.

Seven’s Bathurst coverage will be led by a star-studded commentary team featuring two of Australia’s premier sport broadcasters, Mark Beretta and Abbey Gelmi, along with rising star Jack Perkins, who will provide expert comments in between competing in the Bathurst 1000 alongside co-driver Will Brown.

Highly respected motorsport journalist Chris Stubbs will have all the latest from Pit Lane, while fan favourites Brad Hodge and Emma Freedman will bring viewers all the colour, excitement and atmosphere from Mount Panorama.

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton and Mark Skaife will also be part of the telecast, while the ever-popular Mark Larkham will report from Pit Lane.

It’s already been a massive year of sport on Seven, but this week should be the biggest yet.

The Bathurst 1000 is without question the pinnacle of Australian motorsport and Seven will bring fans all the very best action from Mount Panorama across three full days of adrenaline-charged live and free racing, starting from this Friday.

When Supercars’ thrilling 2021 season finishes on Sunday evening, the Summer of Cricket takes over straight away. An electrifying new season of BBL kicks off on Sunday night with a blockbuster Sixers v. Stars clash, then Test cricket’s ultimate contest, the Ashes, gets underway next Wednesday at the Gabba. Strap yourself in now because this is just the start of the hottest summer ever on Seven.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

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Supercars’ final tune-up before Bathurst 1000

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Sydney SuperNight live and free this Saturday and Sunday

The world’s greatest touring car championship, Supercars, blasts back into prime time on the Seven Network this weekend, when the stakes will be sky high at the season’s penultimate event, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight.

Shane van Gisbergen will be out to clinch the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, which would cap an extraordinary year for the flying Kiwi when not even a broken collarbone and fractured ribs could slow him down.

This weekend’s two 250km Supercars races are also shaping up as crucial final tune-ups for drivers and their teams as they prepare to tackle Australian motorsport’s ultimate event, the Repo Bathurst 1000, live and free on Seven and 7plus from 3 December to 5 December.

The round’s opening Supercars race roars into action at 7.00pm AEDT this Saturday on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, when fans can look forward to two-and-a-half hours of elite motorsport action in prime time.

Saturday night is just part of a huge weekend of motorsport on Seven, with the live and free coverage from Sydney Motorsport Park kicking off at 4.30pm AEDT on Saturday on 7mate and 7plus, before continuing on Sunday from 12.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7plus.

In addition to Saturday’s and Sunday’s Supercars races, the high-octane action on Seven will also include Supercars Top 10 Shootouts and support categories.

Fans will once again be able to watch both Supercars races uninterrupted during commercial breaks via cutting-edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology.

Leading sports broadcaster Mark Beretta and rising star Jack Perkins will again lead Seven’s broadcast from Sydney Motorsport Park, while Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor returns to Pit Lane reporting this weekend, following a highly successful year racing overseas that sees her leading the Extreme E Championship for Nico Rosberg’s team, RXR.

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton, Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander will also be part of the telecast.

It’s set to be a huge weekend of Supercars on Seven as we reach crunch time in the 2021 Championship.

Fans will again see the world’s best touring car drivers do battle under the bright lights of prime time, while this year’s Champion could be crowned by the end of the weekend.

After three weeks of sprint racing, teams will also be desperate to finetune their pit strategies and gain some momentum ahead of their date with destiny at Mount Panorama in two weeks’ time. The countdown to Australian motorsport’s most iconic race, the Repco Bathurst 1000, is well and truly on.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

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Supercars return home in triumph

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Bathurst 500 up 28% from 2020

Seven captures 80% of all TV viewers

The Seven Network’s multi-platform coverage of the Supercars Repco Mount Panorama 500 in Bathurst on the weekend was a big winner with sports fans around the country.

The return of Supercars to its natural home on Channel 7 and 7mate reached 2.34 million Australians across Saturday and Sunday.

Seven’s average TV audience was up 28% on the opening round of the Supercars Championship last year. 

In addition to the huge broadcast audience, the ad-free live-streamed coverage of the race on 7plus – Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform – was a hit. More than four million minutes were streamed across the weekend, including 978,000 for yesterday’s race.

Eighty per cent of all TV viewers for Supercars on Saturday and Sunday tuned into Seven, and Seven had 296% more viewers than pay TV across the weekend*.

On Sunday, an average of 540,000 people nationally tuned in to watch Shane van Gisbergen complete a clean sweep of the weekend with a dominant victory in Race 2.

In the capital cities, yesterday’s race drew 290,000 viewers and was #1 in its timeslot among 25 to 54s, men 25 to 54 and total people.

The Saturday race recorded 520,000 viewers nationally and 286,000 in the capital cities, ranking #1 in its timeslot.

Audience highlights, Sunday race:

  • • National audience reach across the day: 1.72 million
  • • National average broadcast audience for race 2: 540,000
    • • Up 12% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • #5 program nationally in men 25 to 54, #9 in 25 to 54s
  • • Capital city average broadcast audience for race 2: 290,000
    • • Up 6% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • Regional average broadcast audience for race 2: 249,000
    • • Up 19% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • Capital city timeslot rankings: #1 in men 25 to 54, #1 in 25 to 54s, #1 in total people for race 2

Audience highlights, Saturday race:

  • • National audience reach across the day: 1.64 million
  • • National average broadcast audience for race 1: 520,000
    • • Up 34% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • #1 program nationally in men 25 to 54, #4 in 25 to 54s, #9 in total people
  • • Capital city average broadcast audience for race 1: 286,000
    • • Up 28% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • Regional average broadcast audience for race 1: 234,000
    • • Up 43% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • Capital city timeslot rankings: #1 in men 25 to 54, #1 in 25 to 54s, #1 in total people
  • for race 1

The Repco Mount Panorama 500 was the first of six blockbuster Supercars events on Seven and 7plus in 2021. The rest of the year will bring:

  • • Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, 19-20 June
  • • NTI Townsville, Reid Park Street Circuit, 10-11 July
  • • Sydney SuperNight, Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, 21-22 August
  • • Repco Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, 8-10 October
  • • Season finale: Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, 4-5 December

Highlights from the other races of the 2021 Supercars Championship will be replayed on Seven and 7plus the same day of the race.

*Foxtel and Foxtel Go only as Kayo numbers are not officially measured
Source: OzTAM (Metro FTA, National STV and BVOD), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg markets, incl WA). Round 1 2021 v Round 1 2020.

Seven’s Supercars team revs up

By 7SPORT

Mark Beretta headlines live and free coverage

Motorsport fans will be the big winners in 2021 after the Seven Network today unveiled a fresh and exciting new commentary team for this year’s Supercars Championship.

Leading sports broadcaster Mark Beretta will headline Seven’s live and free motorsport coverage this year, as the network makes its long-awaited return to Supercars, starting with the Mount Panorama 500 at Bathurst on 27-28 February.

Co-hosting Seven’s coverage at Bathurst will be Abbey Gelmi, making her Supercars debut after playing a key role in the network’s sport coverage in recent years.

The other fresh faces Seven will unveil at Bathurst include:

  • • Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor, who will work alongside fan favourite Mark Larkham in pit lane
  • • Long-time Supercars driver Jack Perkins – son of motorsport legend Larry Perkins – who will provide expert commentary
  • • Australian cricket great and motorsport lover Brad Hodge, who will bring fans all the colour, excitement and characters at Mount Panorama

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton, Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander will also be part of the coverage, along with Charli Robinson.

We’re counting down the days until the world’s greatest touring car championship returns to where it belongs, on Seven and 7plus.

We are rapt to bring all Australians the passion, intensity, chaos and sheer excitement of V8 racing, with a fresh new commentary team that will give our new era of motorsport coverage a dynamic edge.

There’s no better way to get things started than at Bathurst, the spiritual home of Australian motorsport.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

The Mount Panorama 500 is the first of six races in 2021 that will be broadcast live and free on Seven and live-streamed on 7plus. The season’s highlight comes in October when Supercars returns to Mount Panorama for the iconic Bathurst 1000.

Highlights from the other races of the Supercars Championship will be replayed on Seven and 7plus the same day of the race.

Supercars returns to Seven from 27 February
Mount Panorama 500 on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus

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