Teesside firm takes on the Malaysia Formula 1

Teesside firm takes on the Malaysia Formula 1

Teesside-based media company X-Cel Broadcast has successfully renewed a contract to provide broadcasting facilities for the Malaysia Formula 1 motor racing circuit for the upcoming GT Sepang 12 Hour race.

The Middlesbrough company will be kitting out the circuit with track side and pit lane cameras, building a commentary box and control rooms for TV coverage of the full race on race day. It is also currently negotiating TV coverage agreements with TV networks across Asia.

The firm’s TV facilities will broadcast the race live around the world on 10 December.

X-Cel’s 50-strong team of technical staff, the facility will broadcast the action around the globe providing everything that will be seen and heard on TV screens, from TV pictures, audio to the race graphics and timing clock.

Managing director, Dave Roberts, said: “It’s monsoon season in Malaysia in December and last year a camera just 20 yards from me was struck by lightning while we were on air. This took out half of our track cameras so we had to work through the storm just to get a few of them working again.”

“It’s probably the most hairy experience I’ve ever worked in. Despite this it is fantastic to think we have again been chosen by SRO Motor Sports and we’ll be flying the Teesside flag in the glitz and glamour of professional motor racing.

"Hopefully other Teesside firms can also be inspired to push the boat out and go for contracts in distant markets.”

Mike Scott, head of television for SRO Motorsports Group said: “X-Cel carried out a great job in very testing circumstances last year and its ability to negotiate TV coverage of the Sepang 12 Hour race to places like Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong was great for us.

“We are delighted to be working together again in Malaysia and producing some great motor racing coverage.”



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