The V8 Supercars Championship will continue to have a championship round in New Zealand, after series officials today confirmed the widely-expected announcement that it would return to Pukekohe Raceway next year.
Championship officials have managed to negotiate a five-year-deal in a jointly-sponsored effort with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), New Zealand Government, Auckland Council and Counties Racing Club.
As part of the deal, all parties will jointly invest to perform a raft of upgrades to the high-speed circuit to improve its safety measures and spectator facilities since it last played host to the championship in 2007.
Some of the changes include the erection of new trackside fencing and track resurfacing, as well as the addition of a chicane on the circuit’s back straight to reduce average lap speeds.
To reduce costs, infrastructure used for the previous races on the Hamilton city street circuit will be relocated and implemented at Pukekohe as a series of permanent facilities for use throughout the year.
“We are delighted that V8 Supercars is able to continue in a market that is integral to our Championship and New Zealand,” said V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane at today’s announcement.
“Pukekohe is an ideal and proven location. The circuit has an amazing history and heritage in New Zealand. It is a terrific layout [and] has plenty of available space.
“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.”