The Supercars Championship’s annual trans-Tasman visit to New Zealand will see a change of venue, with government legislation forcing a shift from Pukekohe Park to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.

The date for the New Zealand round was moved from November to April for the 2020 season to coincide with ANZAC Day, a jointly shared day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate both countries’ participation in World War I.

However, local legislation in the vicinity of Pukekohe prohibits racing on that day, forcing Supercars to shift venues to Hampton Downs which is a further 30 kilometres south and outside the exclusion zone governed by these laws.

“Sincere apologies to our fans and partners for any inconvenience caused by the venue change, but we’re going to be just 15 minutes from Pukekohe at one of the world’s best facilities and most demanding tracks,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.

“It’s going to be great for everyone involved.”

The Hampton Downs Motorsport Park opened in 2010. Originally 2.7 kilometres in length, the venue was purchased by former racing driver and businessman Tony Quinn who financed an extension of the layout to 3.8 kilometres and an upgrade to facilities in the hope of attracting international categories.

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

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