28-29 OCTOBER 2017
The Laser Electrical & Plumbing Hampton Downs 500 will take place over the weekend of October 28/29. Last year’s 101 lap race was a major hit with competitors and fans alike but this year Australian GT Management have added a 100km to the race length, making it a 500km battle! This has sent 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 at the Cromwell circuit on November 11/12, to create the New Zealand 1001.
“The 101 brand has been a huge success but this year we’re going bigger and better with the New Zealand 1001,” says Quinn. “We’ve been doing the 101 at 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. It will be a true endurance test.”
GT cars are built to do 24 hour endurance races, so the new race distances will not present any issues around reliability.
Some great support categories. including the popular Central Muscle Cars, will take to the track between the AGT sessions and there will be a cool family zone, exhibits, a show n shine and some great hospitality options. As always the pits will be open to the public throughout the event. At no other motor racing event can you get closer to the action!
EVENT TICKETS – Limited to 10,000
Tickets are now onsale via Ticketmaster. Take advantage of the earlybird online pricing. Weekend Passes and Single Day passes are available now. Pricing is as follows:
Weekend Pass Adult/Youth: $99/$60
Saturday GA Adult/Youth: $59/$30
Sunday GA Adult/Youth: $79/$30
Under 16 are Free. Parking is Free.
The event schedule will be available here soon. Check out the Venue Map
HD500 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. Download more information on this offer or contact Mike Marsden at email@example.com
The Hampton Downs Motorhome Park can accommodate up to 100 vehicles. 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 500 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.