2004 New Zealand race date cofirmed

The Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company confirmed today they had reached an agreement with MotorSport New Zealand to hold the Pukekohe round of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship on the weekend of May 1 -2. AVESCO and IMG originally requested a...

The Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company confirmed today they had reached an agreement with MotorSport New Zealand to hold the Pukekohe round of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship on the weekend of May 1 -2.

AVESCO and IMG originally requested a mid-April date when it became evident the China event could not be held until after late October.

The date for China was established after taking into consideration the construction deadlines and the Formula One program.

IMG who are the promoter of the Pukekohe round had originally advised MotorSport New Zealand of an April date which was acceptable to AVESCO's complex domestic schedule.

At this time the New Zealand round of the WRC was notionally planned for July a subsequent deal with Argentina saw the date move to early April resulting in a one-week gap between the two events.

MotorSport New Zealand felt this was unacceptable due to the commercial impact this might place on their round of the Rally and rejected a concept put forward by IMG to package the two events.

Under these circumstances to resolve the issue it became necessary for AVESCO to move its date one week later to the 1st and 2nd of May.

This decision will however place extra pressure on team logistics caused by shipping schedules and lengthy travel time to Darwin, the next round in the 2004 V8 Supercar calendar.

AVESCO CEO Mr Wayne Cattach said while it was far from AVESCO's preferred option a resolution on dates had been agreed.

"This resolution is not our preferred option and was not caused by our own actions," said Mr Cattach. "We have conceded to move the date to resolve the matter and preserve a race which means a great deal to our many NZ fans.

"The V8 Supercars have a very complex calendar, contracted dates and long road distances between some events take out the flexibility to make changes to the calendar,

"It has become increasingly difficult to accommodate a NZ round due to the turnaround times necessitated by sea freight," Mr Cattach concluded.

-ausV8SC

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