Hampton Downs lands 12 Hour coup

Hampton Downs lands 12 Hour coup

Motorsport in New Zealand has landed a massive coup with Hampton Downs Raceway set to host a 12 hour race next year as part of the new Asia Pacific GT Series.

Category organisers SRO (Stephane Ratel Organisation), who run the increasingly popular Blancpain Series in Europe, announced the move overnight with the Hampton Downs 12 Hour race part of a three-leg Asia Pacific Series along with the well-established Sepang 12 Hour and Bathurst 12 Hour events.

It will see many of the leading GT cars and drivers from the Blancpain series head Down Under in 2018 as well as the best drivers from this part of the world. The event will feature the sport’s biggest brands and will easily become the most world-renowned race in New Zealand.

The inaugural Hampton Downs 12 Hour race is likely to be staged across the last weekend of October with Sepang early December and Bathurst in mid-January.

Like all good things this hasn’t just happened overnight,” Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn told Speedcafe.com.

“We have a few other things in the pipeline that will be good for GT over the years.”

“It is good to have the support of Stephane and the Bathurst 12 Hours guys have been very good, and if we can join the three events together is good.

“It adds to the whole GT phenomenon.”

The North Waikato track will host the Laser Electrical Hampton Downs 500 this October as the penultimate round of the Australian GT Championship.

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Richards focused on Hampton Downs return

It’s still a few months away but Australian based Kiwi driver, Steven Richards is already looking forward to this year’s Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 on October 28-29. “Racing in New Zealand and at Hampton Downs is like… Continue Reading

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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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Hampton Downs lands 12 Hour coup

Hampton Downs lands 12 Hour coup

Motorsport in New Zealand has landed a massive coup with Hampton Downs Raceway set to host a 12 hour race next year as part of the new Asia Pacific GT Series.

Category organisers SRO (Stephane Ratel Organisation), who run the increasingly popular Blancpain Series in Europe, announced the move overnight with the Hampton Downs 12 Hour race part of a three-leg Asia Pacific Series along with the well-established Sepang 12 Hour and Bathurst 12 Hour events.

It will see many of the leading GT cars and drivers from the Blancpain series head Down Under in 2018 as well as the best drivers from this part of the world. The event will feature the sport’s biggest brands and will easily become the most world-renowned race in New Zealand.

The inaugural Hampton Downs 12 Hour race is likely to be staged across the last weekend of October with Sepang early December and Bathurst in mid-January.

Like all good things this hasn’t just happened overnight,” Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn told Speedcafe.com.

“We have a few other things in the pipeline that will be good for GT over the years.”

“It is good to have the support of Stephane and the Bathurst 12 Hours guys have been very good, and if we can join the three events together is good.

“It adds to the whole GT phenomenon.”

The North Waikato track will host the Laser Electrical Hampton Downs 500 this October as the penultimate round of the Australian GT Championship.

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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