Lack of motorsport coverage a blow to fans

OPINION: I'm cranky. I'm really missing the chance to see this year's V8 Supercars in free-to-air TV.

I must admit that I knew it was coming, but I didn't realise until it actually happened just how much of an impact it would have on my viewing experience.

You see, motorsport is the main game for me on tele, and now much of it's gone.

To rub salt in the wounds, Channel 10 has also decided that people don't watch the Formula 1 each week, so it's ditched the greater majority of those events as well.

So, now I'm doubly cranky.

While it wasn't every Sunday night that I'd sit up until midnight, I did so on many occasions, and I also watched the greater majority of qualifying sessions on Saturday night.

But not this year.

I suppose in some ways it will give me some heart that my favourite F1 team - McLaren - is languishing at the back of the field as it tries to get its head around how to make a Honda engine go fast enough to beat the middle runners in the field.

To add insult to injury as far as the V8s are concerned, the Falcons have just come into their own again this year after a few off years, and I wasn't able to sit in my armchair and cheer as the blue beasts race across the finish line ahead of the rest on Saturday.

Sure, there is a bit of a highlights package, but it's not quite the same as seeing how the full race unfolds.

Channel 10, you haven't helped yourselves a lot by your recent moves.

I'm sure I'm not the only bloke who is sitting at home on Sunday afternoon lamenting the fact that he'll just have to wait until later to see what happened.

And I'm damned if I'm going to go out and get Foxtel and line Rupert's pockets a bit more.