MARK Larkham will not be part of Supercars’ television broadcasts in 2021, the category has announced.
Larkham is the second confirmed casualty amid the change from Network Ten to Seven, following last week’s news that Riana Crehan is also set to miss out on a slot.
A former driver and team owner, Larkham has become a cult hero among Supercars fans for his technical insights and humour on the broadcasts, where he reports from pit lane.
However, his position has long thought to be under threat due to the current Supercars management’s desire to reduce the amount of ‘technical’ content in the coverage.
Larkham’s involvement with the coverage stretches back more than 10 years, albeit including a Ten-only role between 2015 and ’17, before being recalled to the main Supercars-controlled broadcast.
“Can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the opportunity Supercars have given me over many years,” Larkham said in a statement.
“From the whiteboard to the Hino Hub, the freedom and flexibility I’ve been given to create and contribute to the telecast has been a blast.
“So, I just hope in some way my small part has help fans understand some of the nuances of this cool sport we all love, whilst we laughed a little along the way.
“So, I’ll just say this… cold beer, feet up and ready for Mustang v Camaro in 2022…”
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer thanked Larkham for his contribution.
“Larko is a true broadcasting professional and has been a valued member of our Supercars Media team dating back to 2006 with his most recent three-year stint being in pit lane,” said Seamer.
“His diverse skills have not only provided us great coverage from pit lane and the commentary box but have also provided Supercars with a world-class personality who has made a memorable contribution to the broadcast for many years.
“Many fans will have their own favourite Larko memory from his time with the broadcast team and we are grateful for everything he has contributed in the way that only he could.
“Mark will always be a part of the Supercars family and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Further changes to the TV line-up are expected before 2021.