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Friday, Oct 13 04:47pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Pukekohe Park gets $600,000 track resurface in time for Supercars

$600,000 is being invested in South Auckland's iconic Pukekohe Park, undergoing a long awaited resurface in selected parts of the 2.9 kilometre circuit.


Turn one and the approach to the final turn Mount Shop Mountain formerly known as ‘Ford Mountain’ are the main areas of concern for Pukekohe Park management. Included in the resurface is the notoriously bumpy pit lane as well as the back straight from turn four to the new complex.


In total just under 20,000m2 of the circuit will be resurfaced, with work already underway to mend the worst parts. Work on the back straight has already begun, but turn one and turn 11 will be completed in January.


Considered to be one of the fastest and most challenging circuits in the country and on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar, the resurface hopes to improve safety for drivers.


The work is due to be completed in two phases with the first taking place before November’s Supercars event to include the back straight and pit lane.


Pukekohe Park’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Hunt, said the upgrade to the track surface was a long time coming and will elleviate any safety concerns previously held.

 

“It is hoped more major motorsport events will come and use NZ’s most famous circuit following the resurfacing,” he said.


“Its history and location to Auckland means it’s ideally suited to attract the regions motorsport fans and participants alike. With the grandstand and function centre, we provide the ideal venue for top class as well as grass-roots motorsport action.


“And it’s not just motorsport to benefit, as we also have a lot of cycling, duathlon and running events who will enjoy the new surface.”


The track surface is the latest upgrade in a string of improvements to the facility in recent years. Parts of the grandstand have been upgraded and LED race lights, which are nearly standardized across the country, have been implemented.


The addition of 28 new pit garages and total upgrades adds up to nearly $4 million in the last three years.

 

Hunt said he’s pleased with the progress on the circuit and the amenities that have been upgraded.


“It’s really rewarding for all of the staff when someone who hasn’t been to the Park for a couple years comes up to them and says how amazing the place looks.


“With top class horse racing and motorsport plus other major events planned, Pukekohe Park will no doubt attract more people more regularly to a greater range of events, continuing the steeped history of this iconic venue.”


Pukekohe Park management confirmed the high load turn one SsangYong Sweeper and base of the Mount Shop Mountain would not be ready in time for this year's Supecars event. Those areas will be cut, pre-levelled and resurfaced by January.

 

The first test day will take place on October 14th where drivers can test out the freshly resurfaced areas. 

 

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