Supercars Media and Gravity Media, the provider of complex live creative production and media services, has announced details for the all-encompassing all-screens coverage of this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.
Across more than 175 television cameras on-track, in-car, in the pits, around the track, embedded in concrete kerbs and walls, in the air and across sections of the track on a wire, and accessing four state-of-the-art high-definition outside broadcast trucks, speciality in-car camera technology designed and developed by Gravity Media Australia, 52 kilometres of broadcast cable and a total production crew of more than 250, Gravity Media Australia and Supercars Media captured every moment on Fox Sports and the Seven Network across 5-8 October. In addition, coverage of this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 was broadcast around the world via Supercars’ international broadcast partners.
This is the eleventh year for Gravity Media Australia’s broadcast facilities and technology collaboration with Supercars Media which produces the global and Australian television coverage of The Great Race. It is also the 60th anniversary of The Great Race at Bathurst.
Coverage of the Repco Bathurst 1000 has expanded dramatically over the years. The first race saw three television cameras cover the event in 1963. The first “live” in-car camera coverage was delivered in 1979.
Key production details for television coverage of the Repco Bathurst 1000:
- Ten production trucks, including four high-definition outside broadcast trucks driving the overall television production
- More than 175 cameras across the track, in the pits, in and across cars, on driver helmets, mounted in race walls and track kerbs, including portable and speciality extreme super slo-mo cameras, live helicopter coverage and a “DACTYL CAM” camera on a wire covering 700 metres across Conrod Straight and The Chase
- 52+ kilometres of television production cable and fibre, enough to lap the circuit more than eight times
- Broadcast and production team circa 250+ across Gravity Media and Supercars Media
Gravity Media also has a long partnership with Supercars Media in the television production of each of the rounds in the Repco Supercars Championship, including Gravity Media’s acknowledged speciality and in-car camera technologies.
In addition to this partnership with Supercars Media, Gravity Media also provides the technology and systems for Supercars’ team radios, along with isolated camera coverage for the Gravity Media Australia developed and bespoke Gravity Review System, used by the motorsports judiciary and race control in the management of every on-track moment in the Repco Bathurst 1000 and across every race in the Repco Supercars Championship.
David Tunnicliffe, Supercars Head of Broadcast, said, “We are excited to continue our relationship with Gravity Media Australia into its 11th year. The Repco Bathurst 1000 is the biggest broadcast event of our year and one of the most prestigious events in Australian sport, and we are eagerly looking forward to working with our partners in Gravity Media Australia once again at the 60th anniversary of the Repco Bathurst 1000.”
Accoding to Ben Madgwick, Director, Media Services and Facilities at Gravity Media, “Gravity Media Australia is once again pleased to be working with Supercars Media as the technical partner for the Repco Bathurst 1000.
“We take great pride in our relationship with Supercars. Gravity Media Australia is a leader in specialised broadcast services and Supercars is driven by innovation. We are both committed to ongoing developments in the coverage of Supercars and the Bathurst 1000, and how we continue to evolve and develop our broadcast technologies and production capabilities that take audiences closer to the action.”