Spark Sport announced today that Warner Bros. Discovery NZ will be the exclusive New Zealand free-to-air broadcasting partner for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) when it competes from September 29th to October 2nd this year returns to Aotearoa.
Up to 80 million fans in 150 countries worldwide will watch the three-day WRC Repco Rally New Zealand event live in and around Auckland. It will form the 11th round of the 13-round WRC season and return to New Zealand’s acclaimed gravel rally roads for the first time in a decade.
Each stage will be streamed live on Spark Sport, with the final stages of each of the three days of the event being streamed live on Three and Three Now.
In addition, the organizers of Repco Rally New Zealand are producing a brand new motorsport series, Pace Notes, the Road to Repco Rally New Zealand 2022, which will be available on Spark Sport.
Starting Sunday 15 May, the new series will comprise 12 shows hosted by motorsport commentator Greg Rust, with appearances by Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon and Rally New Zealand Marketing Director Brendon White. The series will run every two weeks and will cover the latest and best motorsport news from around the world following the 50th season of the WRC, as well as provide insight into the New Zealand event.
Head of Spark Sport Jeff Latch said: “As the Official New Zealand Broadcaster of the FIA World Rally Championship, we are delighted to extend our partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery NZ to bring rally fans the highly anticipated edition of the WRC in Auckland on our platform and via our free-to-air partner.
“There will be real excitement in the Wynyard Quarter rally village on September 29th and we look forward to bringing that hype to screens across the country, both live and on-demand on Spark Sport and Three.”
Glen Kyne, senior vice president of Warner Bros. Discovery, Australia and New Zealand, said: “Having partnered with Spark to be the free-to-air broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup later this year, we are delighted to bring the world add rally championship to the schedule. Motorsports fans will be thrilled to have this event back on our shores and able to watch it live on Three and ThreeNow. I’m sure Tāmaki Makaurau will put on a spectacular event.”
Philipp Maenner, WRC promoter’s Senior Director Media Rights, said: “WRC has been away from New Zealand for 10 years and we are delighted to return to Auckland this season. The scenery is breathtaking and the action heats up – what’s not to like! We’re delighted that New Zealand fans can follow all WRC events throughout the season on Spark Sport, our official WRC broadcast partner, and that we’re also having Warner Bros. Discovery NZ on board as our free-to-air TV partner for Repco Rally New Zealand.
Michael Goldstein, CEO of Repco Rally New Zealand, says the broadcast partnerships with Spark Sport and Three Sport will bring the excitement of the FIA World Rally Championship to every New Zealander’s living room.
“Rallying is in our DNA. Not only will our event bring the best drivers and fastest rally cars onto our famous roads, now the biggest show on gravel will be available to all Kiwis.
“We are thrilled that both Spark Sport and Three Sport are partnering with WRC and Repco Rally New Zealand and look forward to working with all of our partners to make this a truly special WRC homecoming to New Zealand.”
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