SEVEN confirms commentary line-up for return to Bathurst

The Seven Network and the Australian Racing Group have confirmed their commentary line-up for the return of motorsport to its screens in 2020.

Nine commentators, pit reporters and presenters will bring ARG’s racing categories to life, with a minimum of three hours per day of free-to-air broadcasting, on top of the all day live streaming on 7 plus.

Hosting the coverage will be Seven’s lead sports broadcaster Mark Beretta. It will be a return to Australian motorsport circuits for Beretta, who was part of the Supercars coverage with Seven from 2007 to 2014.

Joining Beretta in a host role will be rising media talent Abbey Way. The 29-year-old hosts AFL and cricket for Seven, as well as its popular reality program House Rules. This year, she will add motorsport to her impressive resume.

Calling the shots for the classes such as TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters, Trans Am and more will be a wealth of professional talent, including Greg Rust, Matt Naulty, Richard Craill and Cameron van den Dungen.

And the three people working the pit lane will certainly know their way around the garages. Jack Perkins (Supercars endurance driver), Molly Taylor (2016 Australian Rally champion and TCR driver) and Jessica Dane (part-owner of Triple Eight Race Engineering) will give television viewers the inside line from pit road.

Every moment of Saturday and Sunday track action, from 9am-5pm, will be broadcast on Seven’s digital offering 7plus.

In addition to the live stream, 7mate will feature a minimum of three hours per day of free-to-air coverage.

Racing categories that will feature on the channels of Seven include TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters, Trans Am and more, plus the brand-new Bathurst International event in November.

The opening event is slated for September 4-6 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Matt BraidCEO, Australian Racing Group

“It is a pleasure to announce our commentary team in conjunction with the Seven Network as we prepare to start racing,” said Braid.

“We have Australia’s best mix of exciting motorsport categories, and now an equally exciting commentary team that includes a group of Australia’s most respected and experienced commentators and presenters, together with some great new talent, who collectively will provide exceptional coverage of ARG’s race categories and events on Australia’s leading television network.”

Lewis MartinManaging Director, Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Seven Network

“Motorsport has long been a core part of Seven’s DNA so we’re rapt to partner with the Australian Racing Group to bring fans a feast of top-line racing LIVE and FREE in 2020,” said Martin. 

“With a minimum three hours’ coverage on Seven on each day of competition and every second of every day live-streamed on 7plus, racing fans are in for a high-octane mix of TCR, S5000, Touring Car Masters, Trans Am and much more. We can’t wait for the free flag to get things started.”

Mark BerettaHost

“It’s fantastic to have regular motorsport back on Seven,” said Beretta. 

“TCR is booming around the world because of its accessibility, brand rivalry and tight racing, so I know this season is going to grab the attention of Australian sports fans and take them on a brilliant ride!

“To launch a new racing family on Seven is super exciting. Our team of commentators are fresh, knowledgeable, passionate and keen to bring the action to viewers in a way they’ve never experienced before. This is racing with real energy from the team calling the action because they love everything about TCR.

“We’ve got a mix of legends and young guns racing in cars designed to create a even contest, so the recipe for full-on racing action is spot on! I honestly can’t wait to get this party started!”

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. | Call/Text 0428 275 111
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