08 DEC 2011 - Strong TV Schedule Set For Drag Racing
The Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) is proud to announce the television schedule for this season's ANDRA Pro Series and Rocket Allstars Racing Series rounds.
ANDRA, having recently resumed management rights for the sport, has been developing a new TV package that provides value for racers in a consistent and accessible timeslot for fans.
Through the SBS Speedweek program and Foxtel channel Speed, drag racing fans will be able to watch their favourite drivers and riders on almost every Sunday from mid-December through to April, with the package continuing into August.
ANDRA national broadcast manager Dean Neal said television remained an important factor in improving the sport's exposure and developing the brand.
“More than half of our racers have some degree of funding as a result of television so it was essential to keep it on board for this season,” he said.
Mr Neal said it was critical that drag racing stayed on free to air television to reach as many potential viewers as possible.
“SBS offers great penetration, particularly into regional areas,” he said. “It provides a solid foundation for the sport as it continues to grow. SBS serves a key role in providing strong audience numbers for teams to service sponsorships.”
Innovative online and social media aspects and a new panel show through Inside Speed will also offer unique opportunities to racers to be able to present their teams to a wide audience.
The Fuchs Australian Nationals from Sydney Dragway will begin airing on 18 December as the series “catches up” with the new broadcasting arrangements. By the Westernationals in three months time, shows will begin to air in the week following each event.
“As a fresh broadcast deal there will be an initial delay in airing programs however the catch up will be completed in March,” Mr Neal said. “In the mean time drag racing will be saturating SBS on most Sundays and that is something drag racing's loyal fans can really look forward to.”
Please be aware the below schedule is subject to change.
|EVENT DATE||EVENT||CATEGORY||VENUE||SBS AIR DATE|
|09-11 SEP 2011||Fuchs Australian Nationals||Top Fuel||Sydney Dragway||18 DEC 2011|
|Top Doorslammer||25 DEC 2011|
|Top Alcohol||01 JAN 2012|
|Pro Stock||08 JAN 2012|
|Top Bike & Pro Stock Motorcycle||15 JAN 2012|
|Rocket Allstars Racing Series||22 JAN 2012|
|18-19 NOV 2011||Goldenstates||Top Doorslammer||Perth Motorplex||29 JAN 2012|
|Top Alcohol||05 FEB 2012|
|02-03 DEC 2011||Top Fuel & Top Bike||Perth Motorplex||12 FEB 2012|
|27-28 JAN 2012||Top Fuel||Perth Motorplex||19 FEB 2012|
|03-04 MAR 2012||Westernationals||Top Doorslammer||Perth Motorplex||11 MAR 2012|
|Pro Stock||04 MAR 2012|
|Rocket Allstar Racing Series||25 MAR 2012|
|24-25 MAR 2012||Top Doorslammer||Sydney||01 APR 2012|
|Pro Stock||08 APR 2012|
|Pro Stock Motorcycle & RARS||15 APR 2012|
|04-06 MAY 2012||Nitro Champs||Top Fuel||Sydney Dragway||09 JUN 2012|
|Top Doorslammer||10 JUN 2012|
|Top Alcohol||17 JUN 2012|
|Pro Stock||24 JUN 2012|
|Top Bike, Pro Stock Motorcycle & Rocket Allstar Racing Series||24 JUN 2012|
|08-11 JUN 2012||Winternationals||Top Fuel||Willowbank Raceway||08 JUL 2012|
|Top Dooslammer||15 JUL 2012|
|Top Alcohol||22 JUL 2012|
|Pro Stock||29 JUL 2012|
|Top Bike, Pro Stock Motorcycle & Rocket Allstar Racing Series||05 AUG 2012|