THE V8 Supercars Championship will return to an upgraded Pukekohe Park from 2013 onwards in a new, five-year deal announced today in New Zealand.
- V8 Supercars returns to Pukekohe for first time since 2007
- Track will be resurfaced and improvements will be done
- V8 Supercars will be the promoter of the race and assume all risk
V8 Supercars, the Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), New Zealand Government, Auckland Council and Counties Racing Club have agreed to a multi-year arrangement.
Following an extensive due diligence process of more than six months, the agreement spans five years with an option for another five. All parties will invest in the event and upgrades to the circuit.
These upgrades include:
• New safety barriers and debris fencing
• Resurfacing of much of the track
• A new chicane on the back straight
• Additional overhead pedestrian bridges
• Over-track signage
• Enhanced viewing areas
• A general upgrade of the venue’s overall presentation
Hamilton event will be transported to Pukekohe as part of the improvements. This infrastructure will be re-engineered and fitted at the circuit permanently for other events throughout the year.
V8 Supercar Chairman Tony Cochrane said the decision meant New Zealand would continue to benefit from one of its biggest annual events while an upgraded Pukekohe Park would be an ongoing asset for New Zealand motorsport all year.
“We are delighted that V8 Supercars is able to continue in a market that is integral to our Championship and New Zealand,” he said. “Pukekohe is an ideal and proven location. The circuit has an amazing history and heritage in New Zealand: for example, it was the venue Greg Murphy made his own with four victories, venue of the New Zealand Grand Prix and has hosted the likes of Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart.
“It is a terrific layout, has plenty of available space and is just 35 minutes from the Auckland CBD and even closer to the international airport. Pukekohe is easily accessible from the highway and a short drive from the Auckland CBD, as well as having a direct rail link. With improved spectator and corporate facilities V8 Supercars has no doubt it will again be New Zealand’s premium motorsport precinct, and a boost for New Zealand motorsport year-round.”
V8 Supercars will be the promoter of the Pukekohe event from 2013 onwards and will thus assume the financial risk of the event.
“This is a total commitment from all parties,” says Cochrane. “Then problems of the Hamilton event were unfortunately inherited by the Council and V8 Supercars. The extensive due diligence taken by all parties in this agreement is the right way forward from the outset.
”The benefit to Auckland and New Zealand is clear. ATEED and MED have done their homework and an excellent job over several months so all parties enter the agreement with eyes wide open.”
Pukekohe last hosted the V8 Supercars Championship in 2007 after a span of seven years.