28-29 OCTOBER 2017
The Hampton Downs 101 will be the Hampton Downs 500 in 2017 and the event will take place over the weekend of October 28/29. Tony Quinn and the AGT category management have decided to change from a 101 lap race to a 500km race, so essentially adding another 100 km in distance and sending teams back to the drawing board to work on a strategy that will see them have to pit three times and manage fuel differently. The change will certainly give spectators a whole lot more to look forward to.
The Highlands 101 will also change to the Highlands 501, which will be raced over 501 kilometres to create the New Zealand 1001.
“The 101 brand has been a huge success but next year we’re going bigger and better with the New Zealand 1001,” says Quinn. “We’ve been doing the 101 in Highlands for four years now so the teams have got used to the strategy. I like to keep moving the bar and I like to challenge people and this will certainly shake things up in the Australian GT Championship.”
“The new format will add roughly 20 laps to each race which may not sound a lot but it means there will be a third pitstop and two driver changes which will mean a change in strategy for the teams. It will also have implications for tyres and fuel and we’re getting rid of the compulsory timed pit stops which were used to handicap the faster drivers. It will be a true endurance test.”
GT cars are built to do 24 hour endurance races and at the Highlands 101, the fastest lap of the race was set on the penultimate lap by Kiwi driver, Dominic Storey.
“The cars are only getting going after 101 laps,” said Quinn.
Support categories will take to the track between the AGT sessions and there will be the mega family zone, exhibits and experiences for all ages and family interests.
EVENT TICKETS – Limited to 10,000
Earlybird deal on Weekend Passes and All Access Single Day passes will be available shortly.
Take a look at the event schedule or Venue Map
500 CORPORATE HOSPITALITY OPTIONS
Exceptional hospitality options will be available in our new pit lane suites. Enjoy fine food and beverage from the comfort of the Vulcan Lounge or book your own corporate suite. Direct all early enquiries to Mike Marsden
The Hampton Downs Motorhome Park can accommodate up to 100 vehicles. We also have a limited number of infield parks available for this event. Motorsport in a motorhome is a great experience and is very popular at major events all over the world. Why not grab a motorhome and get to the 101 with friends and family. A great place to find one is www.mighway.co.nz where you will find every day kiwis putting their motorhomes up for hire on a short term basis at competitive rates.
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