The 2018 championship chase begins with the Adelaide 500 in South Australia, and finishes at the Newcastle 500 in New South Wales, and you won’t miss a minute of this exciting motor sports action no matter your schedule when watching it live on your TV or streaming the Supercars to a mobile device.
Supercars 2018 TV Preview
While every event on the V8 calendar is must see TV, some of the fan favourites include the Phillip Island Supersprint in Victoria from 20-22 April, considered the most scenic track in the tour. March sees the Australian Grand Prix Supercars championship become an official fixture, while Queensland’s Townsville 400 races, where the streets become filled with the smell of high octane fuel and the sound of V8 engines fills the air, will take place across three festive days in July. In August, a new fixture will be introduced – the Bend Supersprint to be hosted in Bend Park, SA, from August 24-26.
2018 Sandown 500 Free Air vs Fox Sports
Friday 14 September: 10.30am – 4.30pm (Fox Sports)
Saturday 15 September: 9.00am – 5.30pm (Fox Sports)
Sunday 16 September: 9.00am – 6.00pm (Fox Sports)
The season really turns up the heat after round 12, with the world-famous 2018 Bathurst 1000, the undisputed pinnacle of motorsport in Australia, held at the unforgiving Mount Panorama Circuit in New South Wales from 4-7 October. The Bathurst champion is awarded the Peter Brock trophy, and rightfully named the “King of the Mountain”. The season continues with the Gold Coast 600 in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, and will wrap up in the streets of Newcastle in November, where the Driver’s Championship could very well be decided in the year’s last race.
So don’t miss a minute of this 2018 Supercars Championship action when you can watch every support session, qualifying event and the featured V8 races live online, as there’s no telling who will provide the most spectacular footage, or which driver will greet the judge and claim the top spot when the circuit settles on the weekend.
When: Friday September 14 to Sunday September 16
Where: Sandown Raceway, Victoria
Sandown 500 LIVE TV (Sydney time)
Practice 1 – Friday at 10.40am (Fox Sports 5)
Practice 2 – Friday at 12.30pm (Fox Sports 5)
Practice 3 – Friday at 3.35pm (Fox Sports 5)
Practice 4 – Saturday at 10.10am (Fox Sports 5)
Qualify Race 24 – Saturday at 11.40am (Fox Sports 5)
Race for Grid 1 – Saturday at 1.40pm (Fox Sports 5)
Race for Grid 2 – Saturday at 4.15pm (Fox Sports 5)
Warm Up – Sunday at 10.15am (Fox Sports 5)
Race 24 – Sunday at 1.20pm (Ten/Fox Sports)
Supercars Live Streaming
This season there will be seven live events on Free to Air, but as seen in the 2018 TV fixtures Fox Sports 5 will provide the most complete V8 Supercars coverage including every practice session, qualifying event and featured race shown live, with the featured races ad-break free, as well as unique camera angles and spectacular graphics.
So if you’re a resident of Australia check out the Foxtel Sports Combo pack which currently offers the first 3 months free if trialled by September 17. With the Sports Combo you can watch the Supercars live on your big screen, and if you have to be out and about, you can stream the V8 Supercars free using the Foxtel App within just minutes of signing up.
V8 Supercars 2018 TV Fixtures
Adelaide Clipsal 500 at Adelaide Street Circuit, 1-4 March (Ten/Foxtel)
Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Supercars, 22-25 March (Ten/Foxtel)
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains: 6-8 April (Foxtel)
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint in Victoria from 20-22 April (Foxtel)
Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo Raceway from 4-6 May (Foxtel)
Winton SuperSprint in Benalla, Victoria from 18-20 May (Foxtel)
Darwin Triple Crown in Darwin, NT from 15-17 June (Foxtel)
Townsville 400 at Townsville Street Circuit from 6-8 July (Ten/Foxtel)
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint in Queensland from 20-22 July (Foxtel)
2018 Sydney Super Night 300 in NSW on 4 August (Foxtel)
The Bend Supersprint at Bend Park in SA: August 24-26 (Foxtel)
Sandown 500 in Melbourne from 14-16 September (Ten/Foxtel)
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama, 4-7 October (Ten/Foxtel)
Castrol Gold Coast 600 in Surfers Paradise, QLD, 19-21 October (Ten/Foxtel)
Auckland SuperSprint in Pukekohe, NZ from 2-4 November (Foxtel)
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 in NSW from 23-25 November (Ten/Foxtel)
Events shown as Sydney Time, adjust for regional differences. The V8 Supercars on Free to Air does not always include live coverage of the support sessions, practices, qualifying, or the Top Ten Shootout.
V8 Supercars Drivers to Watch
Jamie Whincup continued to press his case as one of the sports’ greatest last season, winning a record seventh driver’s championship. Whincup’s seventh victory was the closest of his career as he just managed to outlast Scott McLaughlin, and he is viewed as a great chance to make it eight wins by the end of 2018. The desire is clearly there for Whincup, and if his car is spot on, then he is clearly the man to beat, and you can stream V8 Supercars live during their most critical moments.
Mark Winterbottom, better known as “Frosty”, dropped back to sixth place last year after taking home his first ever Drivers’ Championship the year before. He is not as widely tipped to feature at the top of the standings as some of his competitors, but as he showed in 2016, he’s more than capable of taking it up to the best of them. His impressive resume includes a second in the Bathurst 1000.
Scott McLaughlin will still be ruing the three penalties he received in the final event of last season. McLaughlin boasted a 78 point series lead going into the Newcastle event, but after starting the event like a championship driver, it all went wrong, and he ultimately lost by just 21 points. He is tipped as one of the favourites to take out this year’s title, but don’t look for the free to air V8 coverage to include every race on the season.
Shane Van Gisbergen is another driver expected to be in the mix at the business end of the season. The Kiwi finished in fourth place last year racing for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, finishing 273 points behind Whincup. He will be looking to improve on this result in 2018, and if the prognosticators are to be believed, he’s a great chance to do so, and you won’t miss a key minute when watching V8 Supercars live online.