Network Ten: The Home of Motorsport

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 21/08/2014
  • By Network Ten

Network Ten is set to transform Australian motorsport coverage in 2015 by delivering a consistent10-month program schedule, anchored by motorsport legends including Mark Webber.

With guaranteed motorsport coverage 41 weeks of the year from 4pm every Sunday, Network Ten will be the home of event motorsport, bringing fans six live V8 Supercars Championship races, live Formula One races, live MotoGP races and eight V8 Supercars highlights programs.

The extensive coverage heralds the return of V8 Supercars to Network Ten from March next year.

Nine-time Grand Prix winner and one of motorsport's most popular drivers, Mark Webber, will bring his no-nonsense, straight-talking personality, combined with his strong sense of sportsmanship and fair play, to Network Ten's commentary team.

Mark will commence his official duties at the commentary desk, alongside host Matt White, for the V8 Supercars Championship's Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Mark will also provideexpert commentary for the both the qualifying and race of the 2015 Australian Formula One GrandPrix.

Mark Webber said: "I am delighted to be extending my relationship with Network Ten for the nextcouple of years, especially after enjoying my punditry role with them at the 2014 Australian GrandPrix.

"Ten have been tremendous supporters of motorsport and F1 in particular for some time andcertainly provide the best coverage in Australia of international and domestic categories."

Mark added: "Working with the commentary teams for both Clipsal 500 and the Bathurst 1000 willbe a whole new experience for me. I am certainly no V8 Supercars expert, but my experience in theWorld Endurance Championship means that I will be able to provide an insight into what the drivers are going through in such gruelling, long distance events.

"I haven't been to Bathurst or Adelaide since my Formula Ford days, so I'm looking forward toreturning to some of my old haunts and being a part of these iconic Australian motorsport events,"he said.

Next year will also see the return of Australia's favourite motorsport panel show, RPM. Hosted by Matt White, RPM will deliver all the latest in race previews and reviews, as well as driver, car andbike feature stories.

Matt White will be joined each week by a variety of V8 Supercars drivers, former Formula One driverAlan Jones and ex-MotoGP 500cc Champion Daryl Beattie.

The first RPM show for 2015 will welcome Mark Webber as co-host. Mark will give viewers hisexpert knowledge and unique insight into the 2015 Formula One season and Aussie favourite DanielRicciardo.

Network Ten, Head of Sport, David Barham said: "Our consistent program schedule and ourtreatment of live event motorsport, including Formula One, MotoGP and V8 Supercars, will deliver apowerful and exciting broadcast to all motorsport fans.

"Having Mark Webber, one of the world's most popular sportspeople, as a member of the NetworkTen commentary team is tremendous. It underlines our long-term commitment to motorsport, whilestrengthening our ability to deliver a breadth and depth of coverage that will be unrivalled.

"The return of popular panel show RPM further demonstrates our commitment to motorsport and
cements Network Ten as the home of live event motorsport," he said.

Given that Mark Webber is still driving competitively as part of Porsche`s World EnduranceChampionship team, this and his other team commitments remain his number one schedulingpriority. However as he traditionally bases himself in Australia during these particular months, thereis an exciting opportunity for him to work with Network Ten at the country's signaturemotorsport events.

Network Ten's live coverage of event motorsport starts from the first race of the V8 SupercarsChampionship, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Network Ten will broadcast over 80 hours of live coverage of the V8 Supercars Championship whichalso includes the Castrol Townsville 500, Wilson Security Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 and Sydney 500.

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