V8 Supercars is easily the largest motorsport category in this country. There are only two domestic markets where Formula One is not the most popular form of Motorsport. These are Australia with V8 Supercars and the United States with NASCAR.
The Australian Bureau of statistics has proved V8 Supercars are the third most attended sport in the country only behind horse racing and AFL. More than 19 million people watched V8 Supercars on television in Australia last year.
More than 1.65 million people attended a V8 Supercar event in 2008 compared to 900,000 in 1997. Races are broadcast to 850 million people worldwide in 130 countries. It now races in the Gulf in Bahrain at the Desert 400 with other countries waiting for a event.
On average more than 100,000 people attended each of the 13 events in 2008. The Clipsal 500 in Adelaide attracted a record 291,000 spectators while more than 180,000 people made the famous pilgrimage to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
V8 Supercars produces its own television for the Seven Network with the newly formed V8 Supercar Television. This is a first for Australian sport and a pioneer of television in this country.
Racing is shown live on Seven on Saturdays and Sundays with a dedicated motorsport show every weekend when an event is not taking place. Seven paid a world record broadcast rights fee for a motorsport category outside of Formula One and NASCAR.
The Championship holds the biggest single event of every year in Queensland New South Wales Western Australia Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
For further information visit www.v8supercars.com.au