Steane Klose | Feb 14, 2008

In welcome news for MINI fans, the first ever MINI CHALLENGE in Australia has attracted over seven hours television coverage, with the majority of that being LIVE on the Seven Network through V8 Supercars television, including two races from Bathurst.

The MINI CHALLENGE is due to get underway at Eastern Creek across the weekend of March 7-9 with the third race on Sunday, March 9 being televised.

The MINI CHALLENGE will also be the curtain raiser for the Phillip Island 500 in September, whilst events at Barbagallo, Symmons Plains and the V8 Supercars Farewell to Oran Park in December will also attract live coverage.

All rounds except Symmons Plains – which has two races shown live – will carry a half hour post-produced program and a leading V8 Supercars personality is expected to be announced soon as the commentator for the MINI CHALLENGE television coverage.

“MINI CHALLENGE will be a spectacular addition to the national motor racing scene if the Series’ in other parts of the world is any indication and race fans across the country will get to share in that through this magnificent television package we have secured,” said Theo Psaros, Chief Executive Officer of MINI CHALLENGE

Later in the year, races two and three from the return of MINI to Mount Panorama will be shown live as part of Channel Seven’s Saturday coverage of the Super Cheap Auto 1000.

MINI CHALLENGE television coverage schedule

Rd 1 - Eastern Creek (March 7-9)

TV dates

Race 3 LIVE – March 9

Post produced – April 5 (1:30 – 2:00pm)

Rd 2 - Wakefield Park (April 4-6)

TV dates

Post produced – April 26 (2:00 – 2:30pm)

Rd 3 Barbagallo (May 9-11)

TV dates

Race 2 LIVE – May 11

Post produced – May 31 (1:30 – 2:00pm)

Rd 4 Sandown (Jun 7-9)

TV dates

Post produced – Jun 28 (1:30 – 2:00pm)

Rd 5 Phillip Island (Sep 12-14)

TV dates

Race 3 LIVE – Sep 14

Post produced – Sep 28 (1:30 – 2:00pm)

Rd 6 Bathurst (Oct 9-12)

TV dates

Race 2 & 3 LIVE – Oct 11

Post produced – Oct 18 (1:30 – 2:00pm)

Rd 7 Symmons Plains (Nov 21-23)

TV dates

Race 1 LIVE – Nov 22

Race 3 LIVE – Nov 23

Rd 8 Oran Park (Dec 4-7)

TV dates

Race 1 LIVE – Dec 6 (1:00 – 1:30pm)

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