New Zealand fans will finally get live broadcasts of the V8 Supercars Championship, but only if they're prepared to pay for it...

V8 Supercars fans in New Zealand will finally have access to live TV broadcasts of the Trans-Tasman’s best touring car championship as part of a five-year deal announced today between V8 Supercars Australia and SKY Television.

However, that live access will only be going to pay-TV customers, given SKY is a subscription-only channel.

Kiwi fans have been frustrated by years of shoddy, delayed coverage by former host broadcaster TVNZ, so the news should come as some relief, at least to those who are prepared to pay for live broadcasts…

All of the 2013 season races will be broadcast live on SKY Television, while signature events – including this weekend’s Clipsal 500 season-opener – will also enjoy Friday coverage.

The announcement will be good news for fans who want to cheer on the four New Zealand drivers on this year’s grid, who include Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and former A1GP driver Jonny Reid, while series veteran Greg Murphy is already confirmed as a co-driver at this year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 events.

New Zealand free-to-air viewers will only have viewing access to the calendar’s one and only local event, the ITM400 at Puekohe Raceway. Sky has generously agreed to offer full coverage of that event on a delayed feed.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.