I love V8Supercars, the premier Australian touring car category, but haven’t been able to watch much of the action this year – until today. The 1000km race at Mt Panorama, Bathurst, is the biggest race of the year and I’ve always made sure I can be in front of a TV to enjoy the race. Whether its at a BBQ with mates or sitting at home, I’ve only missed one race since 1977 (when I was overseas in 2006).
Whilst my 15 year old son (Josh) has no interest in motor sports, I spent the day watching the big race at home with my 12 year old son (Brad). Even my 6 year old daughter (Karla) showed some interest and declared she wants to go to a race track and watch the cars “in real life”!
The coverage was good this year, the first year of the Foxtel / Network Ten joint TV rights deal. We watched on Foxtel, which meant High-Definition pictures and fewer ads. Even when Fox Sports did run commercials, they continued the coverage with picture-in-picture so viewers didn’t miss the action.
I may have become one of those armchair experts who only watches one or two V8Supercars meets a year, but I certainly enjoyed watching the race today, and I may have even sparked an interest in motor racing with my two youngest kids.
Congratulations to one of my favorite drivers, Craig Lowndes, score his sixth Bathurst 1000 victory with co-driver Steven Richards.
Images from FoxSports TV coverage and V8Supercars website.