Australian GT title to be decided at Hampton Downs 500

Australian GT title to be decided at Hampton Downs 500

This year’s Australian GT Championship will be decided at the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 on October 13-14. The event will feature some of the finest GT production cars in the world including Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan and Porsche

“We’ve seen some incredibly competitive racing this season with six drivers still in the running as we head to Hampton Downs,” says Australian GT commentator, Mat Coch. “With the points battles so close, Hampton Downs promises to be a ‘winner takes all’ showdown. It means the teams and the drivers can’t afford to play it safe. Every one of them has to go out and push to the absolute limit and that’s bound to make for some exciting racing.”

Fraser Ross leads the championship in the McLaren 650S GT3 ahead of Peter Hackett (Mercedes AMG GT3) with Australian-based Kiwi, Steve Richards (BMW M6 GT3) sitting in third place.

The name Richards is synonymous with New Zealand motorsport and Steve, the son of the legendary Jim Richards, is looking forward to the season finale at Hampton Downs.

“We’re very much in contention going into the final round at Hampton Downs and the car has been fantastic,” says Richards. “We’re coming from a few points back but you’ve got to be in it to win it so we’re looking forward to having a good crack at it.”

“The track at Hampton Downs suits our car and we were well placed last year until we had a problem with the car. We’ve had a few reliability issues in the past but the car hasn’t missed a beat this year and Michael Almond has done a great job as my co-driver for the endurance events.”

This year the Australian GT Championship and Australian Endurance Championship have been run together which means two different championships will be decided at Hampton Downs.

“In the last two years we’ve seen fabulous racing at Hampton Downs, which is a tricky circuit that really tests every part of these incredible GT3 machines and I’ve no doubt we’ll see another nail-biter this year,” says Coch.

Laser Plumbing & Electrical are back as naming rights sponsor of the Hampton Downs 500 and Terry Bluck, the Auckland franchise holder and one of the driving forces behind the company’s sponsorship of the event, is looking forward to a great weekend of racing.

“The feedback we got last year was that everyone who went had an amazing time,” says Bluck. “I’m looking forward to another great spectacle and I’d like to acknowledge the support we’ve received from Tony Quinn, Mike Marsden and all the team at Hampton Downs.”

The format for the Australian GT decider is a 101-lap race on Sunday, October 14 with two qualifying sessions and a 30-lap qualifying race on Saturday to decide the starting grid.

It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend at Hampton Downs with big fields expected for the support categories including Enzed Central Muscle Cars, BMW Racing Series, Porsche Racing Series and Ssangyong Actyon Utes.

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Hampton Downs all set for Ferrari Challenge

Hampton Downs all set for Ferrari Challenge

The Ferrari Challenge is one of the most spectacular one-make motor racing categories in the world and it’s coming to Hampton Downs this weekend. On April 14-15, the famous Italian car marque will take centre stage at Hampton Downs in… Continue Reading

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WHO’S WHO OF MOTORCYCLING AT THE MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

This weekend’s Mike Pero MotoFest is going to be a sensational motorcycling experience, the likes of which has never been seen before in New Zealand. The inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest (March 3-4) promises excellence on all fronts, with former champions… Continue Reading

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KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

Two icons of Kiwi motorcycling greatness reunite for the inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs this weekend. Record nine-time New Zealand superbike champion Andrew Stroud and the distinctive Britten V1000 motorcycle will be out on track at MotoFest on… Continue Reading

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MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

American road-racing legend Randy Mamola, the star attraction of the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs on March 3-4, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame soon after this New Zealand motorcycling extravaganza. Mamola’s name was among an illustrious… Continue Reading

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Legends of Bathurst to become an annual event

Legends of Bathurst to become an annual event

Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn has confirmed the 4Guys Autobarn Legends of Bathurst will become an annual event to be held in January every year. The festival, celebrating all things Bathurst, concluded today with hundreds of fans turning up to… Continue Reading

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  1. Looking forward to next year already Tony! Me and my son enjoyed today immensely. It was great being able to look around the pits and just walk up to any one of the legends and have a chat to them. Fantastic!

  2. Honestly what a fantastic day. I came along with a couple of dudes on Sunday- my hubby and his mate – and we bought VIP tickets. I wanted access to the pits. And boy did I get my moneys worth. They should have just set me up in a small room with a coffee machine by the pits so that I could bug the hell out of everybody. I managed to bug Steven Richards, Jimmy and John Bowe for autographs and a quick yack but my boys had already headed on up to the AU. So I ran out of time to bug the other drivers.

    I’ll be baaaaack.

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Richards all class at Legends of Bathurst

Richards all class at Legends of Bathurst

“Gentleman Jim’ Richards proved a hit on and off the track on the opening day of the Legends of Bathurst festival at Hampton Downs. The seven-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 finished 3rd in the Archibalds Historic Touring Car category… Continue Reading

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Three more legends confirmed for Hampton Downs

Three more legends confirmed for Hampton Downs

Allan Moffat, John Goss and Fred Gibson are the latest Australian motorsport stars to be confirmed for this weekend’s 4Guys Autobarn Legends of Bathurst event at Hampton Downs. Between them, they’ve won seven Bathurst 1000 titles and they’ll be joined… Continue Reading

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Australian GT title to be decided at Hampton Downs 500

Australian GT title to be decided at Hampton Downs 500

This year’s Australian GT Championship will be decided at the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 on October 13-14. The event will feature some of the finest GT production cars in the world including Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan and Porsche

“We’ve seen some incredibly competitive racing this season with six drivers still in the running as we head to Hampton Downs,” says Australian GT commentator, Mat Coch. “With the points battles so close, Hampton Downs promises to be a ‘winner takes all’ showdown. It means the teams and the drivers can’t afford to play it safe. Every one of them has to go out and push to the absolute limit and that’s bound to make for some exciting racing.”

Fraser Ross leads the championship in the McLaren 650S GT3 ahead of Peter Hackett (Mercedes AMG GT3) with Australian-based Kiwi, Steve Richards (BMW M6 GT3) sitting in third place.

The name Richards is synonymous with New Zealand motorsport and Steve, the son of the legendary Jim Richards, is looking forward to the season finale at Hampton Downs.

“We’re very much in contention going into the final round at Hampton Downs and the car has been fantastic,” says Richards. “We’re coming from a few points back but you’ve got to be in it to win it so we’re looking forward to having a good crack at it.”

“The track at Hampton Downs suits our car and we were well placed last year until we had a problem with the car. We’ve had a few reliability issues in the past but the car hasn’t missed a beat this year and Michael Almond has done a great job as my co-driver for the endurance events.”

This year the Australian GT Championship and Australian Endurance Championship have been run together which means two different championships will be decided at Hampton Downs.

“In the last two years we’ve seen fabulous racing at Hampton Downs, which is a tricky circuit that really tests every part of these incredible GT3 machines and I’ve no doubt we’ll see another nail-biter this year,” says Coch.

Laser Plumbing & Electrical are back as naming rights sponsor of the Hampton Downs 500 and Terry Bluck, the Auckland franchise holder and one of the driving forces behind the company’s sponsorship of the event, is looking forward to a great weekend of racing.

“The feedback we got last year was that everyone who went had an amazing time,” says Bluck. “I’m looking forward to another great spectacle and I’d like to acknowledge the support we’ve received from Tony Quinn, Mike Marsden and all the team at Hampton Downs.”

The format for the Australian GT decider is a 101-lap race on Sunday, October 14 with two qualifying sessions and a 30-lap qualifying race on Saturday to decide the starting grid.

It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend at Hampton Downs with big fields expected for the support categories including Enzed Central Muscle Cars, BMW Racing Series, Porsche Racing Series and Ssangyong Actyon Utes.

Click here for further information including tickets please click here.

KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

Two icons of Kiwi motorcycling greatness reunite for the inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs this weekend. Record nine-time New Zealand superbike champion Andrew Stroud and the distinctive Britten V1000 motorcycle will be out on track at MotoFest on… Continue Reading

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