Supercars Media and Gravity Media have partnered for coverage of the Repco Bathurst 1000.
Supercars Media and Gravity Media, global provider of complex live creative production and media services, today confirmed details for one of Australia’s biggest television productions: the all-encompassing coverage of the Repco Bathurst 1000.
Over 199 TV cameras on the track, in the car, in the pits, around the track, embedded in concrete curbs and walls, in the air and over track sections on a cable and access to four state-of-the-art high-definition outdoor cameras OB Van, 52 Kilometers of transmission cable and a production team totaling 257 people, Gravity Media and Supercars Media will capture every moment in a total of 2500 minutes of television coverage across Fox Sports and Seven Network from October 6th to 9th.
In addition, coverage of this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 will be broadcast worldwide via international broadcast partners Supercars and SuperView.
The Repco Bathurst 1000’s coverage has expanded dramatically over the years. Three television cameras recorded the first Great Race at Mount Panorama in 1963. The first ‘live’ helicopter camera in 1977 and the introduction of ‘in-car’ cameras in 1979 transformed sports coverage and today the coverage of the Repco Bathurst 1000 is recognized as one of the world’s finest sports television productions.
This marks the tenth year for Gravity Media’s broadcast facilities and technology collaboration with Supercars Media, which produces global and Australian television coverage of The Great Race.
Gravity Media also has a longstanding partnership with Supercars Media in the television production of each round of the Repco Supercars Championship, including Gravity Media’s recognized specialty and in-car camera technologies.
David Tunnicliffe – Supercars Head of Broadcast: “This year we’re delivering the largest production of the Great Race we’ve ever put together. Nearly 200 cameras show fans every inch of the circuit, ensuring spectators are immersed in every moment that decides this year’s King of the Mountain.
“We are also incorporating new initiatives into the broadcast to give viewers more insight, such as: B. crossing the pit lane during sessions to speak directly to team owners, drivers and team staff via headsets to get their view of the action.
“As the event kicks off, the Bathurst Channel on Fox Sports 503 will be packed with hours of content geared towards preparing fans of all stripes for Sunday’s Repco Bathurst 1000. We will dive into history and celebrate Holden’s last Bathurst, the 50th anniversary of Peter, Brock’s first Bathurst win, the 30th anniversary of Jim Richards making himself known to the fans on the podium; and every other great moment that makes this the Great Race.”
Ben Madgwick – Director, Media Services and Facilities at Gravity Media: “Gravity Media is delighted to be the technical partner for all supercar broadcasting needs, particularly the flagship event, the Repco Bathurst 1000.
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Gravity Media’s convoy to Mount Panorama and we look forward to once again partnering with Supercars Media to bring one of the world’s greatest motorsport events to a global audience.
“Supercars is a very important customer for all of us at Gravity Media as year after year their thirst for innovation drives our teams to innovate and create new ways to immerse our broadcast technology into the racing action. This continued desire to innovate and deliver results cements our reputation as a leader in specialized broadcast services and brokerage.”
In short, the key production details for TV coverage of the Repco Bathurst 1000:
• Nine production vans, including four HD OB vans, driving the entire television production
• 61 cameras on the track, in the pits, mounted in race walls and curbs, including handheld and special extreme super slow motion cameras and a ‘fly cam’ covering 450 meters above Conrod Straight and The Chase
• 1 helicopter camera
• 104 in-car cameras in 28 supercars for the Great Race
• 1 in-car camera mounted in the safety car
• 32 in-car cameras in 16 cars competing in other categories during the race weekend.
• 52 kilometers of cable and fiber optics for television production, enough to lap the circuit more than eight times
• Broadcast and production team of 257 at Gravity Media and Supercars Media
In addition, Gravity Media is also supplying the technology and systems for supercar team radios and isolated cameras that provide constant coverage for the Gravity Review System used by motorsport justice and race officials in the administration of the Bathurst 1000. Gravity Media also provides all the technology and facilities for the production of large screen broadcasts on the track.