Channel 7 has a weekly free motorsport show.
AUTO ACTION has learned that the program will be called “7th Gear”.
It will be a one hour look at local and international racing.
A pilot episode was shot, with the show going ahead with commercial support.
A Seven Network insider has confirmed that 7th Gear will be released as soon as possible.
The source said the show was “on hold” and may be delayed later in the season.
But it has to happen, with Seven Sport looking to capitalize on its renewed “Home Of Motor Sport” free-to-air status.
A senior executive at Seven said, “We want to develop a show. But these are the first days. [7th Gear] is one of the many concepts of the whiteboard. “
Seven is Supercars Free TV Partner and the primary broadcaster of ARG’s TCR and S5000 events. Channel 7 also covers the Australian Rally Championship.
Produced in Melbourne, 7th Gear will be co-hosted by 7 News sports reporter Chris Stubbs and Supercar co-pilot Jack Perkins, who feature prominently on Seven’s shows.
Other personalities from Seven Sport motor racing will also appear as guest hosts and reporters.
It is understood that famous pit lane expert Mark Larkham will be in attendance, although initially not with dedicated reports.
We hear Seven will reuse Larkham’s Supercars technical broadcast treatises and digital media commentary.
While he understands that there were no explicit discussions with Larko, he will likely be more directly involved once 7th Gear is up and running.
The dedicated racing show is the brainchild of Seven Motorsport Executive Producer Anna Stone, who is behind the network’s Supercars and ARG live broadcasts.
Stone is the daughter of two-time V8 Championship-winning team owner Ross, who is in the Supercar Hall of Fame with his brother – and uncle – Jim.
AA understands that 7th Gear is formatted as a weekly hour-long show reviewing local races and international series in which Australians are prominent.
The plan is for it to first air Monday afternoon on the 7plus streaming service, then rebroadcast on “ Big 7 ” or 7mate.
According to insiders, 7th Gear will be more news driven than a substantive program like Channel 10’s long-season “RPM”.
The title of the show is a play on Seven’s auto racing coverage and a nod to the popular UK car show “Top Gear”.
Some Supercars events are live on Channel 7 and all ARG rounds are live on 7mate and 7plus.
The next real-time broadcast of Seven’s Supercars is the Darwin Triple Crown from June 19-20.
7th Gear is good news as it confirms the commitment of Melbourne-based Seven Head Of Sport Lewis Martin upon his return as a free national auto racing television hub, as reported to AA earlier this year.
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