See below to see what the experts say
I am blown away with what has been done at Hampton Downs. The facility is without doubt the best in Australasia and is spectacular! The track has its own DNA and will generate great racing. It’s hard to believe this is actually in New Zealand. Congrats to Tony, Chris and the whole team for their vision and commitment to building New Zealand’s newest and best MotorSport Facility.
Jonny Reid A1GP Driver
When I think of Hampton Downs Motor Racing Circuit I have only one thought that springs to mind, "a World Class Motor Racing Facility located only about an hour drive from New Zealand's largest populated city (Auckland) and about the same distance from Hamilton" (another major city to the south).
The circuit itself provides many qualities of a world class motor racing circuit. As a driver myself and having raced in numerous countries around the globe, I can stand by that statement.
There are at least three guaranteed passing opportunities per lap with a width of up to fifteen metes in places. This provides the cars ample room to hustle and battle for position.
The elevation change adds not only character for the drivers but also challenges the chassis engineer in providing an optimum set up.
There is a fantastic flow to the circuit with each corner leading into the next.
The straights are a decent length which will enable the cars to slip stream or draft one another and create other passing opportunities.
I believe there is no better circuit than Hampton Downs in New Zealand to host an International event. Whether it maybe the accessibility to the public traveling the short distances from either of the major cities, Auckland, Hamilton or even Tauranga, or whether it is because Hampton Downs holds many qualities of a world-class motor racing circuit. Either way, I can see Hampton Downs circuit being a huge success by introducing international motor sport event to a wider range of the New Zealand public and also lifting the domestic motor sport categories.
“Racing a TRS car at Hampton Downs will be a special challenge – it’s like no other circuit in New Zealand.”
“The elevation, the wide corners with lots of passing opportunities and the smooth surface; they all work together and in a modern single seater, the racing will be very good.”
“There are so many great things I could say! Hampton Downs is the most interesting and exciting track! Every corner you approach is magic and a challenge. You can always find a better line and more speed. It’s my home away from home! The atmosphere of the circuit is exhilarating and the spectators can see and enjoy the majority of the circuit! Thanks to the powers that be for making it all happen. The NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Bruce McLaren was an outstanding event!”
- Kenny Smith - 3x Winner of Penang Grand Prix
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