2009 at Hampton Downs MotorSport Park
The International 2.8 track was completed on the 18th of October and ready for use for driver training and events!. On the circuit so far we have had TRS, Latest Aston Martin, Late model Porsche’s, BMW's, Superbikes, McLaren.., Ferrari (Jeremy’s rare one), Go Karts, Drifting (red bull car), Historic Racing Cars, F5000's, BMW Series, a range of Targa Cars, V8 Touring cars, Lamborghini's, Bentley's. Can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for us!
The Hampton Downs Motor Lodge comprised of Luxury Self-contained Apartments opened on the 1st of July for trackside accommodation!
The fastest lap time for 2009 was in a Formula Toyota, driven by Daniel Gaunt at 1.04.7 and the quickest Motorbike is 1.07.6, ridden by Andrew Stroud.
We have been the location of photo shoots for a number of documentaries with Motor racing celebrities like Scott Dixon and Greg Murphy who had nothing but praise!!
Prime Minister Visits
Prime Minister, John Key, visited Hampton Downs 26 June 09 for an extensive look at the Motorsport Park and drove a circuit of the track.
Mr Key spent 90 minutes talking to Tony Roberts and staff at Hampton Downs and was very interested in the concepts and potential of the Motorsport Park.
Driver training at the circuit and the use of the skid pan is of particular interest to the Government, especially after yesterday’s announcement of the horrific costs ($450 million per year) of motorcycle accidents in New Zealand. From a Motorsport perspective, it was simply great to have our top man
take an interest in our sport that has such great potential for tourism and bringing money into the country by hosting international events at a world class venue.
Everything is coming together nicely at Hampton Downs. The attractive lifestyle blocks are completed, with two new roads, Chris Amon Drive and Graham McRae Place being constructed. Pretty Shirt. The flush kerbs and post and rail fencing give quite a lift to the rural landscape and several purchasers are designing new home-stay and lodge accommodation.
Finances are a question that many people ask and we are very pleased that BNZ continues with its ongoing funding for the project. BNZ have just confirmed funding for a further $19 million which will see an operational international circuit, bridge, corporate pavilion, SUV course, skid pan, pit paddock, telecommunications, power, wastewater, drainage, car parks, three-laning of Hampton Downs Rd, industrial buildings, Business Park development etc. The photograph below shows BNZ Partner – Property Finance, Roger Middleton and Hampton Downs Managing Director, Tony Roberts shaking hands on the new funding round.
Rally New Zealand
1 October 2009
Rally New Zealand to use Hampton Downs
When the World Rally Championship contenders head for Rally New Zealand in May next year, they’ll get to sample New Zealand’s newest motorsport complex, Hampton Downs, as part of the weekend’s competitive action.
Saturday 8 May will see the Rally New Zealand field utilise the Hampton Downs circuit and facilities for an exciting day of up-close rally action for fans, says Rally New Zealand’s clerk of course Willard Martin.
“Competitors will depart Parc Ferme in Auckland City early on Saturday morning and head south to run stages in the Franklin, and North Waikato,” says Martin.
“Late in the morning the field heads for Hampton Downs, which is near Meremere and to the east of the stages used earlier. At this excellent new complex, competitors will run one timed super special stage around the 2.8km asphalt circuit. As New Zealand rally driver Mark Tapper says after his experience running on gravel-spec tyres on tarmac stages in Australia, it’s exciting for both competitors and fans to have the powerful rally cars tackling an asphalt stage on gravel-spec tyres.”
The Hampton Downs complex also hosts a remote service park for all teams to perform their mechanical repairs and preparation before the driving crews head back out for the afternoon’s rally stages. Options for corporate hospitality are being developed at present, as are a range of other entertainment options designed to create a family-friendly day of rallying and other motorsport action at the circuit.
The rally cars return to Hampton Downs in late afternoon to complete a second super special stage before returning to the main service park at Auckland’s Queens Wharf.
The modern new Hampton Downs complex offers car fans from the major cities of Auckland and Hamilton and all surrounding areas an excellent opportunity to see the exciting WRC cars in action, says Jamie Kett, CEO of the motorsport and events complex.
“The new venue has another fantastic opportunity to prove its worth as a multiplex of events and activities as it helps host Rally New Zealand on Saturday 8 May,” says Kett. “We’re excited to be involved and offer a unique dimension to this iconic motorsport event.”
Kett says Hampton Downs Motorsport Park is scheduled to open in October of this year.
“When it does it will be New Zealand's best motorsport facility. The 2.8 kilometre clockwise circuit, one of three in the complex, features six corners, hilly contours, plenty of overtaking opportunities and superb spectator viewing along with top class facilities. Situated 68 kilometres from central Auckland and 65 kilometres from the city of Hamilton the circuit is well placed to attract huge crowds to the exciting events planned for the facility – if you put a dot on Hampton Downs and draw a 220km circle around it, more than half of New Zealand’s population lives in that circle.”
Rally New Zealand runs from 6 to 9 May in 2010. The event’s home-base is Auckland City and the route taking competitors both north to Whangarei and Kaipara districts and south to the Franklin, North Waikato and Raglan districts with the remote service parks used on each of the three days now confirmed at the Quayside Town Basin in Whangarei, Hampton Downs motorsport complex and the Raglan airfield.
See the photo's of sealing below!
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