Supercars Group, which runs Australia’s high-octane touring-car race series, the Supercars Championship, and the Supercars Pro Eseries, which features some of the best Sim racers from across Australia and New Zealand.
Gravity Media has been the Supercars Broadcast Services & Facilities partner for the past eight years, and the Supercars Technology partner since 2020. The Supercars Pro Eseries follows swiftly on the heels of the Supercars All Star Eseries, which was run during the COVID-19-induced hiatus on real-world racing earlier in the year.
As the Supercars technology provider, Gravity Media’s Australian operation was commissioned to provide all of the studio and facilities solutions for the Pro Eseries. The competition took place via the same iRacing computer simulation platform that had previously been used for the All Stars Eseries, with the racing taking place over six weekly rounds from 28 October to 2 December 2020.
The race calendar took in famous circuits from all over the world, including Silverstone, Monza, Spa and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The drivers raced from home, with their gaming machines connected to the internet and gated through a centralised PC. The host and talent were based at the Fox Sports studio in Melbourne, and were connected to one of the control rooms at Gravity Media’s Production Centre in Sydney. All cameras, audio and video feeds were transmitted between the two sites via high-speed internet on dedicated private circuits, to maintain security and integrity.
The Production Centre in Sydney also supplied supportive engineering, audio and MCR crews, as well as creating the full plan of networking distribution for all incoming and outgoing sources. This included the Fox Sports studio in Melbourne, and the drivers’ simulators and web cameras.
Viewers were able to see reaction shots of the drivers in action, thanks to alternate cameras set up in each of their homes and funnelled through the Zoom app.
The action was broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo, as well as Supercars’ Facebook page and Twitch and YouTube channels.
After trailing his teammate and defending champion Josh Rogers all season long, Australian Dayne Warren ultimately won the 2020 championship thanks to an unexpected final race result.