Network Ten is set to transform Australian motorsport coverage in 2015 by delivering a consistent 10-month program schedule, including the return of RPM hosted by Matt White and featuring 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 bringhis 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 Bathurst 1000. Mark will also provide expert commentary for the both the qualifying and race of the 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
Mark Webber said: “I am delighted to be extending my relationship with Network Ten for the next couple of years, especially after enjoying my punditry role with them at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.
“Ten have been tremendous supporters of motorsport and F1 in particular for some time and certainly 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 will be a whole new experience for me. I am certainly no V8 Supercars expert, but my experience in the World 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 to returning 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 and bike feature stories.
Matt White will be joined each week by a variety of V8 Supercars drivers, former Formula One driver Alan 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 his expert knowledge and unique insight into the 2015 Formula One season and Aussie favourite Daniel Ricciardo.
Network Ten, Head of Sport, David Barham said: “Our consistent program schedule and our treatment of live event motorsport, including Formula One, MotoGP and V8 Supercars, will deliver a powerful and exciting broadcast to all motorsport fans.
“Having Mark Webber, one of the world’s most popular sportspeople, as a member of the Network Ten commentary team is tremendous. It underlines our long-term commitment to motorsport, while strengthening 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 Endurance Championship team, this and his other team commitments remain his number one scheduling priority. However as he traditionally bases himself in Australia during these particular months, there is an exciting opportunity for him to work with Network Ten at the country's signature motorsport events.
Network Ten’s live coverage of event motorsport starts from the first race of the V8 Supercars Championship, 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 which also includes the Townsville 500, Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast 600 and Sydney 500.