Kiwis - Born to Fly
@facebook.com/racecontrol/ @racecontrolmag #kiwisborntofly Kiwis - Born to Fly. Shooting officially begins on documentary. In motorsport terms it was a small jump start however Perspective Group today proudly announces in partnership with its supporting sponsors the formal go ahead of a Motorsport documentary for screening exclusively on Sky Sport NZ in 2023. Tracing the footsteps of many New Zealanders that surround the greater NTT INDYCAR SERIES and its supporting classes with production scheduled in both New Zealand and the United States. Kiwis - Born to Fly sits down with kiwi drivers Scott Dixon, Scott McLaughlin and Marcus Armstrong in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES along with Hunter McElrea in the INDY NXT by Firestone series and Jacob Douglas in USF2000. The aim to uncover and showcase the many New Zealanders that make up the larger part of the series in various roles behind the scenes in addition to the drivers. This documentary will highlight the many talents New Zealand has in world Motorsport both in and out of the car. This includes the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and its feeder classes that represent some of the toughest and most demanding racing in all motorsport with kiwis playing a major role in this. It aims to inspire more kiwis to follow their dreams from driver to engineer. Highlighting the skills of those that hail from New Zealand, the documentary talks with these kiwis to understand the talents they have, what it’s taken to get there and how they are spread over various teams from engineering to management roles within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and within the greater motorsport industry. Showing the contributions they make to the sport and the talent that New Zealand is providing across all forms of motorsport around the world and in this instance the United States and yet they all remain Kiwi’s. The documentary will showcase the personal insights of these people and uncover the skills and talents that so many New Zealanders give in their everyday lives that are seldom known in their country of birth. Names such as Julian, Harcus, Cleave and Finch are just some of the names that will open viewers eyes to the sport they work in and hearing it in their own words. It’s an effort to inform viewers of just what it means to be a Kiwi within this sport via various roles surrounding the NNT INDYCAR SERIES or the sport. Perspective Group is honoured to be able to produce this project exclusively for Sky Sport NZ to supplement its NTT INDYCAR SERIES coverage in 2023. There are many incredible stories along with personal moments that the documentary will highlight and just what a power house nation New Zealand has become in global motorsport along with the extra element of national pride. These really are Kiwis that were simply Born to Fly. The documentary will be produced by well known respected award winning Producer and Director David Turner Perspective Groups founder. “I’m delighted to be able to bring this story to life, it’s been a passion of mine for years. Seeing all these guys that work in the series and the common factor they come from New Zealand is a great story. We now have the chance to reflect on their story and talents for the first time on Sky. I can't thank the supporting sponsoring partners enough they have been so encouraging since first approached in mid-2022 ,without them it simply wouldn’t have transformed into this informative documentary. Each of these sponsors have enabled this to transpire into the creation of this and have had to put up with my constant calls since mid-2022. Equally the team at Sky Sport NZ for belief in this project and supporting the idea. Along with Allison Melangton and Brian Annakin at Penske Entertainment, and Kate Davis and Dave Furst at INDYCAR whom I have worked with on this for months and hassled them so much over this time and for giving me this opportunity to embark on this great story of so many New Zealanders” said Turner today at the official announcement of the documentary at the Perspective Group offices in Auckland.
The documentary will screen on Sky Sport 5 in 2023 at a date to be confirmed shortly by Sky NZ. Supporting presenting sponsors are Dayle ITM, Armstrong Motor Group, Toyota Gazoo Racing NZ, Creame Insurance, Giltrap Group , McElrea Racing and C& R Developments. About Perspective Group. Created in 2009 by former Television New Zealand Senior Motorsport Producer David Turner with the aim of sport and media production at any level. Turners credits have included Event Management and Television roles with Americas Cup campaigns in San Francisco and Bermuda , Head of Production for the Challenger of Record PRADA in New Zealand in 2021. Turner has also held roles with Olympic Broadcasting Services at all Olympic Games both summer and winter since London 2012 and is stated to be in a Senior Producer role for Paris 2024. Additionally roles for the Asian Broadcasting Union as a Producer of the multi channel coverage at Commonwealth Games for the past 14 years. Recently FIFA Films Producer for the Woman’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in NZ. Domestically Perspective Group was the official production company for the NZ V8 Super Tourer series that played a part in the career of a young 19 year old Scott McLaughlin and covered the domestic V8 Championship series for many years. It now currently produces multi platform content and coverage for Western Springs Speedway in Auckland New Zealand with programming screening globally as well as on Sky Sport in NZ. Turner also stands on the board of Trustees for the Motorsport NZ Elite Academy and Scholarship Trust and has done for the past 14 years aiding the future development of over 160 young athletes within the sport to date.