Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ) and CTAS NZ Ltd (CTAS) have renewed their long-standing media partnership for the 2019 NZSBK Championship. With Manfeild added to the 2019 calendar, all five NZSBK rounds will be live streamed and available to view, free of charge, from anywhere in the world.
NZSBK is the pinnacle of road racing in New Zealand and has been the stepping stone for local talent into international competition since its inception. With rider numbers on the increase, the main objective of live streaming the series is to raise the profile of the sport and grow public interest and spectator numbers. Live streaming of the 2018 series was viewed over 120,000 times, and both MNZ and CTAS will be working to grow the viewership for 2019.
The partnership delivers benefits for both event sponsors and racers, offering broader exposure for series sponsors and partners, and enabling competitors’ sponsors and supporters to follow their progress throughout the series.
CTAS has been providing live streaming services as CTASLIVE™ for over 10 years and the product has continued to evolve and improve every year. With 70-80% of viewers now accessing streaming via mobile devices, fans will be able follow the racing from anywhere, as long as they have mobile coverage.
CTAS Director Grant Collingwood says he’s proud to be involved with NZSBK again: “Our partnership with MNZ enables friends, family, sponsors and supporters of the sport to follow the racing if they can’t be there on the day. The overall support and feedback from around the world is great, and we really feel like our contribution has made a difference to this sport.”
MNZ General Manager Virginia Henderson says she is looking forward to building on the momentum generated during the 2018 season: “Competitor numbers were up 32% last season and we hope to see that trend continue in 2019. This is such an exciting championship but it has been somewhat inaccessible to the public for a long time. We believe our sport is worthy of a much bigger profile both at home and internationally, and that’s what we’re focusing on for the coming season. Delivering live NZSBK coverage to anyone anywhere is a key part of our strategy. We hope the racing community and all the motorcycling enthusiasts out there tune in on race weekends and enjoy the excitement of the on-track action live.”
2019 NZSBK Championship Calendar
- ROUND 1: 5-6 January, Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna
- ROUND 2: 12-13 January, Levels International Raceway, Timaru
- ROUND 3: 2-3 March, Mike Pero Motofest, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, North Waikato
- ROUND 4: 30-31 March, Circuit Chris Amon, Manfeild
- ROUND 5: 6-7 April, Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo