From: Historic Racing Club Inc [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, 2 October 2009 2:38 p.m.
Subject: Hampton Downs Events
NZ Festival of Motor Racing featuring Bruce McLaren
As you will all be aware – the eyes of the motorsport world will fall on New Zealand when we welcome the biggest ever gathering of iconic historic and classic racing cars in this country for the double-head NZ Festival of Motor Racing which takes place over consecutive weekends at Hampton Downs and Pukekohe.
We believe that a conservative NZ$100 million plus of some of the sport’s most iconic racers will gather for meetings at the tracks – January 22-24at Hampton Downs and January 29-31 at Pukekohe - with the first theme a celebration of the life and achievements of legendary Kiwi racer and race car builder Bruce McLaren.
Discounted Early Bird tickets are available for a limited time through the event website, www.nzfmr.co.nz
There are only very limited numbers of tickets available at these advance prices and we would obviously prefer that benefit to be shared with are valued members and their families as widely as possible, so please buy now to avoid disappointment or higher prices!
Auckland Car Club to run its inaugural race meeting at brand new Hampton Downs Circuit.
The Auckland Car Club is pleased to announce that it will be running its inaugural race meeting at the brand new Hampton downs race track on Sunday 15 November. Interest is expected to be strong both with the competitors to try out the new circuit and for the public who will get a great view of the new circuit from many vantage points. The circuit is about 3 km south of the Meremere drag strip, and an easy 45 minute drive down the motorway from Auckland City.
The club expects record entries as competitors come to try the new track, although only the National circuit will be operating with the smaller club circuit, which combines to make the international circuit, will be operating.
Classes running at the meeting will provide varied and close racing with race for:
Northern Muscle cars
Production Muscle cars
Classic Japanese series
Qualifying is due to start around 10-15 with the first races around 11-30.
Entry forms are available only online, at www.motorsportentry.com
with some further information available at www.aucklandcarclub.org.nz
. For enquiries contact race committee chair Nigel Smith on 021377280 or at email@example.com
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.
For further information, please contact:
Willard Martin, clerk of course, Rally New Zealand
Mob: 021 936-244
HRC Tasman Revival Meetings
The two non historic Tasman Revival meetings will be held at Hampton Downs 15 /16 /17 January 2010 and Taupo 5 /6/7 February 2010. Entry forms for these events will be posted on www.motorsportentry.com
. within two weeks. At present it is planned the Taupo meeting will have a round of the Formula Toyota Championship. A number of the overseas entrants for the NZ Motor Racing Festival featuring Bruce Mc Laren have indicated they will racing at Taupo. The Historic Super Sedans will be at the Hampton Downs round.
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