New naming rights sponsor for Hampton Downs 500

New naming rights sponsor for Hampton Downs 500

With a new format and a new naming rights sponsor the return of the Australian GT Championship to Hampton Downs looks set to be one of the big events of this year’s motorsport calendar.

Laser Plumbing & Electrical has been confirmed as the naming rights sponsor for the Hampton Downs 500 on October 28-29.

The event doubles as the penultimate round of the Australian Endurance Championship and will feature some of the finest GT production cars in the world including Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Nissan, McLaren and Mercedes.

Last year’s Hampton Downs 101 marked the first time the Australian GTs raced at the Waikato track and the event proved to be a big hit with teams, drivers and fans alike.

Scott Carr, the General Manager of the Laser Group in New Zealand says they were impressed with last year’s event and with the facilities at Hampton Downs. In Australia, the Laser Group has sponsored four times Bathurst winner Steven Richards in his BMW GT for the last few years but this is their first time sponsoring a motorsport event in New Zealand.

“There were a lot of sports we considered but this opportunity was very well crafted by the team at Hampton Downs,” says Carr. “We jumped at the chance to be associated with such an exciting event. For us it’s a different channel to market and a great way to get our brand out there. We do a lot of radio advertising and this gives us a different dimension including TV exposure in New Zealand and Australia. It’s something new for us and we’re looking forward to a great weekend of racing.”

Tony Quinn, the owner of Hampton Downs and the Australian GT Championship, said the commitment from the Laser Group is a good reflection on the event.

“It shows that we delivered last year and we’re planning an even bigger and better event this year,” says Quinn. “They’ve committed to us so now we have to deliver and give them value for money.”

The naming rights deal coincides with a new format for the Hampton Downs event. Last year the cars raced over 101 laps. This year an extra 20 laps have been added to create a five hundred kilometre race, the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500.

“That may not sound a lot but it means there will be a third pit stop and two driver changes which will mean a change in strategy for the teams,” explains Quinn. “It will also have implications for tyres and fuel. We’re also getting rid of the compulsory timed pit stops which were used to handicap the faster drivers which means it will be a true endurance test.”

The Hampton Downs 500 will be the first leg of the New Zealand 1001. The second leg will be the Highlands 501 at Highlands Motorsport Park from November 11-12 which also doubles as the final round of the Australian Endurance Championship.

“The Bathurst 1000 has always been a special race for me and I liked the idea of going one better, hence the New Zealand 1001,” explains Quinn.

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Hampton Downs to host Toyota Festival

Hampton Downs to host Toyota Festival

Toyota owners will get a rare opportunity to drive their pride and joy on the Hampton Downs full international race circuit, when the annual Toyota Festival is held there on Saturday 1 April. After taking place at the Highlands Motorsport… Continue Reading

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Whiter wins Mad Mike’s Summer Bash

Whiter wins Mad Mike’s Summer Bash

Gaz Whiter made a dramatic return to drifting to take out Mad Mike’s Summer Bash at Hampton Downs on Saturday afternoon. The four-time New Zealand drift champion won his last title in 2014. Since then the builder from Whangarei has… Continue Reading

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THE VOICE OF DRIFT

THE VOICE OF DRIFT

  One of the biggest drift events ever held in New Zealand has attracted one of the biggest names in the sport from the United States. Jarod De Anda will man the microphone at Mad Mike’s Summer Bash at Hampton… Continue Reading

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  1. A great weekend of racing.The circuit is a real credit to Tony and he deserves all the good press he recieves.
    Wouldnt mind a “seniors discount” on tickets which would help all us “died in the wool old petrol heads” please Tony,then you would be an even bigger hero in our eyes. Ha Ha 🙂

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King Kenny reigns at Hampton Downs

King Kenny reigns at Hampton Downs

Four wins out of five races in three different cars — not a bad afternoon’s work for Ken Smith, the guest of honour at this weekend’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs. This year’s festival celebrates the career… Continue Reading

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From Mexico with love

From Mexico with love

One of the oldest categories at the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs from January 20-22 is also one of the most popular with almost 50 cars from around the world confirmed for the Formula Junior class.… Continue Reading

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FATHER AND SON

FATHER AND SON

The New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs from January 20-22 will celebrate the career of the legendary Kenny Smith, who’s been racing professionally since 1958. However, most of the drivers who will take to the track during… Continue Reading

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New naming rights sponsor for Hampton Downs 500

New naming rights sponsor for Hampton Downs 500

With a new format and a new naming rights sponsor the return of the Australian GT Championship to Hampton Downs looks set to be one of the big events of this year’s motorsport calendar.

Laser Plumbing & Electrical has been confirmed as the naming rights sponsor for the Hampton Downs 500 on October 28-29.

The event doubles as the penultimate round of the Australian Endurance Championship and will feature some of the finest GT production cars in the world including Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Nissan, McLaren and Mercedes.

Last year’s Hampton Downs 101 marked the first time the Australian GTs raced at the Waikato track and the event proved to be a big hit with teams, drivers and fans alike.

Scott Carr, the General Manager of the Laser Group in New Zealand says they were impressed with last year’s event and with the facilities at Hampton Downs. In Australia, the Laser Group has sponsored four times Bathurst winner Steven Richards in his BMW GT for the last few years but this is their first time sponsoring a motorsport event in New Zealand.

“There were a lot of sports we considered but this opportunity was very well crafted by the team at Hampton Downs,” says Carr. “We jumped at the chance to be associated with such an exciting event. For us it’s a different channel to market and a great way to get our brand out there. We do a lot of radio advertising and this gives us a different dimension including TV exposure in New Zealand and Australia. It’s something new for us and we’re looking forward to a great weekend of racing.”

Tony Quinn, the owner of Hampton Downs and the Australian GT Championship, said the commitment from the Laser Group is a good reflection on the event.

“It shows that we delivered last year and we’re planning an even bigger and better event this year,” says Quinn. “They’ve committed to us so now we have to deliver and give them value for money.”

The naming rights deal coincides with a new format for the Hampton Downs event. Last year the cars raced over 101 laps. This year an extra 20 laps have been added to create a five hundred kilometre race, the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500.

“That may not sound a lot but it means there will be a third pit stop and two driver changes which will mean a change in strategy for the teams,” explains Quinn. “It will also have implications for tyres and fuel. We’re also getting rid of the compulsory timed pit stops which were used to handicap the faster drivers which means it will be a true endurance test.”

The Hampton Downs 500 will be the first leg of the New Zealand 1001. The second leg will be the Highlands 501 at Highlands Motorsport Park from November 11-12 which also doubles as the final round of the Australian Endurance Championship.

“The Bathurst 1000 has always been a special race for me and I liked the idea of going one better, hence the New Zealand 1001,” explains Quinn.

THE VOICE OF DRIFT

THE VOICE OF DRIFT

  One of the biggest drift events ever held in New Zealand has attracted one of the biggest names in the sport from the United States. Jarod De Anda will man the microphone at Mad Mike’s Summer Bash at Hampton… Continue Reading

From Mexico with love

From Mexico with love

One of the oldest categories at the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs from January 20-22 is also one of the most popular with almost 50 cars from around the world confirmed for the Formula Junior class.… Continue Reading

FATHER AND SON

FATHER AND SON

The New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs from January 20-22 will celebrate the career of the legendary Kenny Smith, who’s been racing professionally since 1958. However, most of the drivers who will take to the track during… Continue Reading

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