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Details revealed around Seven’s return to motorsport with ARG in 2021

Key details around the Seven Network’s return to Australian motorsport coverage have been confirmed ahead of the opening round of the Australian Racing Group’s championships at Symmons Plains Raceway in January.

The Tasmanian event, featuring TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters and Trans Am racing, will mark the much-anticipated return of motorsport to the screens of Seven, and is set to include 12 hours of live coverage across the unique Monday and Australia Day Tuesday event.

On the free-to-air channel 7mate, there will be two hours of coverage on Monday, followed by five hours on Australia Day.

A huge 12 hours of coverage will be live-streamed on Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform, 7plus, over the two days.

For the network that pioneered motorsport coverage here in Australia and around the world through its famous Bathurst 1000 broadcasts that started in the 1970s, the event will mark the start of a huge season of motorsport on Seven that includes ARG’s suite of categories and events, plus broadcasting of the Supercars Championship.

The ARG broadcasts in 2021, including two visits to the world-famous Mount Panorama circuit, represents the widest range of quality motorsport categories, and in a win for sports fans, will receive the largest motorsport broadcast hours on the Seven Network this year.

SEVEN NETWORK BROADCAST DETAILS, SYMMONS PLAINS

Monday, January 25

1200-1800, 7plus
1530-1730, 7mate

Tuesday, January 26

1100-1700, 7plus
1100-1600, 7mate

ARG and the Seven Network have also confirmed the broadcast team that will bring the coverage to life at all seven ARG events in 2021, including the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships events.

Sports ace Mark Beretta will lead the coverage and will draw upon his intimate knowledge of the sport and its personalities.

7SPORT presenter Abbey Gelmi will add motorsport to her impressive resume, assisting Beretta in the host role at selected rounds. Gelmi has worked at Seven on its AFL, cricket and horse racing coverage, as well as its popular reality program House Rules. She will also play a role in the network’s upcoming program Ultimate Tag.

The coverage has also recruited former Australian cricket star turned Seven commentator Brad Hodge to its unbeatable team. Hodge is a motorsport competitor in his own right and will add his flair behind the microphone.

Leading the commentary from inside the box will be Greg Rust, Matt Naulty and Richard Craill, supported by a new set of pit lane callers including former Supercars news breaker Chris Stubbs, Australian rally champion and SAS Australia star Molly Taylor, Jessica Dane, Jack Perkins and current Supercars driver and former Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds.

It will be a shift of roles for Reynolds, who will transition from being in front of the camera to behind the microphone.

The coverage will be led by ARGs executive producer of broadcast Andrew Janson and Executive Producer, Seven Motorsport, Anna Stone.

The Trans Am class held one event in 2020 at the Adelaide street circuit before the season was cut short by COVID-19.
2021 ARG and Seven Network calendar

1. Symmons Plains Raceway, January 24-26
2. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, February 19-21
3. Bathurst 6 Hour, Mount Panorama, Bathurst, April 2-4
4. Sydney Motorsport Park, April 30-May 2
5. Morgan Park Raceway, June 25-27
6. Sandown Raceway, September 10-12
– Bathurst International, TBA

QUOTES

Lewis Martin
Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

“ARG offers motorsport lovers a great mix of racing categories and drivers as well as an unbeatable line-up of talent, from the commentary box to pit lane,” said Martin.

“We can’t wait to welcome a whole new generation of fans on January 25 for day one of a jam-packed year of motorsport on Seven.”

Matt Braid
CEO, Australian Racing Group

“It feels like a long time coming, but ARG, our competitors and the Seven Sports team are really looking forward to showcasing some great racing action when we head to Tasmania in January,” said Braid.

“Not only do we have four of the most exciting, fresh racing categories in national motorsport, we also have a broadcast partner that is helping us drive them into the homes of every Australian sports fan.

“To have seven hours of coverage on 7mate, and an extra five hours on the 7plus streaming service, there could not be a better result for Australian motorsport and sporting fans in general.

“Symmons Plains can’t come fast enough, and we can’t wait to get there and show Australia this great on-track and on-air product.”

Mark Beretta
Motorsport anchor, Seven Network

“It’s just fantastic that motorsport will return to the screens of Seven in such a big way in 2021,” said Beretta.

“And what a great way to kick it all off down at Symmons Plains in January with such a strong, diverse group of categories including TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters and Trans Am.

“So much horsepower, so many great drivers and so much to look forward to.”

David Reynolds
Race driver and commentator

“I’ve really enjoyed being on the other side of the mic with my podcast and some other media that I’ve done recently, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with this super exciting team,” said Reynolds.

“Everyone loves going to Bathurst, and I’ll get to go there twice to race and twice as a reporter. That will be cool, and I can’t wait to be let loose with a mic … who knows what will come out!”