V8 Supercars apologises for television glitch

Mark Winterbottom takes the chequered flag

Mark Winterbottom takes the chequered flag

V8 Supercars has apologised for a technical issue that spoiled the result of a thrilling final ITM400 Hamilton race for thousands of television viewers.

The Network Seven broadcast switched to a commercial break when the feed from New Zealand dropped out with two laps remaining.

The coverage returned to the site of Mark Winterbottom performing a victory burnout.

The last two laps were then replayed with past-tense commentary following an explanation that there had been a technical issue.

The turn of events sparked an instant barrage of criticism from fans on social networking websites.

V8 Supercars subsequently posted a statement to its Facebook page apologising for the issue.

“The technical issue from the last two laps was due to a satellite uplink failure out of New Zealand,” read the statement.

“We sincerely apologise for this.”

The 2012 V8 Supercars Championship continues with the Trading Post Perth Challenge at Barbagallo in two weeks time.

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