Kiwi Supercars driver Andre Heimgartner is calling for the Supercars championship to explore racing in the South Island following last week’s announcement that it will lose the Pukekohe round from the calendar next year.
Pukekohe Park Raceway is currently home to the New Zealand Supercars round but the track will cease all motorsport activity from April next year leaving the championship with a decision as to where they will race next.
Supercars is still exploring options for a New Zealand round with Hampton Downs Motorsport Park just south of Pukekohe looking like a viable host circuit.
Heimgartner supports the move to Hampton Downs alongside Greg Murphy.
However, the Kiwi driver also wants to see the introduction of a South Island round.
“I think they should also consider a South Island event,” he said in a comment to Speedcafe.com.
“They bring all the gear over, they might as well do two events and give the South Island people… I think they would get around it and it would be a really cool event.”
Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell would be a likely contender to hold the southern round considering it was previously investigated by Supercars to do so.
Both Highlands and Hampton Downs are owned by Tony Quinn, who has invested heavily in multiple New Zealand motorsport circuits and bringing them up to world-class status.
The 2022 ITM Auckland SuperSprint will take place from September 9-11 and will be the final round at Pukekohe.