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sports have an effective mix between the two forms.
Is Supercars one of those?
Lisa: From a fan’s point of view, I’d rather sit at home
and watch it on TV than go to the track and watch it
because I can get in the garage with the commentators.
I can sit in the car and watch the boys drive, so in that
respect it’s bad for getting people to the track because
you get everything on TV.
We went to Sandown and it cost more than $400 for
me and the hubby. That’s why I pay $50 and sit on the
couch and I get everything.
Mark: When you win a Foxtel-only race, the social
media feedback’s a lot lower, so it does impact you. If you
win a marquee event like Adelaide, Bathurst, Sandown,
Townsville or whatever, everyone’s watched it. But you
win a Pukekohe and they read about it, they don’t nec-
essarily watch it. I think it impacts a bit and the whole
package could be a lot better.
The Foxtel side is fantastic but the highlights package
is a bit of a letdown. The feedback is, ‘I read it on Twitter’
or ‘I didn’t get to see it but well done’ type thing. It’s an
anticlimax on the feedback side.
Peter: When Mark won that race in Pukekohe it was
part of the highlights package that got minimal cover-
age, almost to the point where you didn’t actually really
see him win the race. But as a total package I think it’s
been a big benefit.
Larry: I was one of the certain number of fans out
there that was like, I don’t want to spend a hundred
bucks a month or whatever it is. The decision to have the
racing with Foxtel, though, is the right decision with-
out the slightest doubt in my view. We all sort of moan
about the costs, but what you get I think is fantastic.
Peter: The feedback we’ve had from fans is they held
off doing it but when they got it, it’s been great.
Larry: The Formula 1 is fantastic on Foxtel; it’s a
better production and the locals could take lesson from
it. At the end of the day it’s only racing, but they need to
break some of the mould of what they’re doing because,
in my view, it is a bit boring, it’s a bit stale. What we
don’t know when you are sitting at home as almost an
outsider like Lisa, you don’t see a lot of the guys and you
think, “What’s bloody old Brigthy doing today?” If you’re
not one of the front-runners it is no better than before.
I personally don’t watch any of the support stuff at all,
I find that deadly boring. I would prefer to see more of
genuine behind the scenes stuff of the V8. As I say just
a bit more diversified.
CALENDAR & FORMATS
One of the bugbears about the sport in recent years has
been the constant fiddling with the calendar and the
Mark: I think that having two different formats and
not five different formats is good. The fans can actu-
ally understand what it is they’re watching; is it a sprint
round or something else?
Lisa: I really enjoyed the New Zealand format of four
sprint races; I thought that was really good. Just the
quick turnaround and practice, I liked that. I thought
that was exciting.
Jason: I hated New Zealand... it was boring and
decided by qualifying and the start. Without pitstops
that was it. I think there should be a 250km race each
day. I don’t think 120km is long enough; we all stop
at the same time and that probably comes back to the
minimum fuel drop, which I hate. You want to have
guys out of sequence and strategising around two stops,
one stop, all those key trigger moments.
I think the one thing we need to get better is qualify-
10 minutes and then we all go again at the same time.
That is the stupidest thing I think I’ve ever seen, but
you have no choice. Imagine if you had four sets of tyres
to run, that’d be awesome because you could reach the
pole at any point of the session.
Larry: I reckon qualifying is the most intense time
for a driver. When you’ve only got one set of tyres it
mixes up the grid, which creates better racing. When
you’ve got two sets, you’ve got two sets to get it right
BELOW: Crowds could be
impacted by the move to
the pay-TV model.
ABOVE: Debating the big
Supercars issues around
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