Monday, Feb 12 09:01pm
AUTHOR: Richard Gee

8,500 people through the gates at New Zealand Grand Prix

New Zealand Grand Prix promoter Speed Works Events has confirmed total tickets redeemed at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon over the weekend totalled just over 8,500. 


The figure includes paying spectators, corporate hospitality guests, those associated with the running of the event, driver guests and those who redeemed free tickets as part of the Manawatu District Council rate payer promotion.


Despite poor weather forecasts, attendance was solid over both days of the event, which saw the Castrol Toyota Racing Series finale headline a bill which included nine other classes.


The event was supported by the BNT V8s, Toyota 86 Championship, PORTERGROUP V8 Utes, Pirelli Porsche, NEXEN Tyre Mazda Pro-7 Series, Hi-Q Cpomponents Formula First, Formula 1600, TRADEZONE GT1/2 and the separate GT3/4 grid.


"We were delighted with attendance over both days and it surpassed what we had expected from the free ticket promotion to ratepayers by some margin," promoter Geoff Short said.


"Thankfully the weather not only just about held out for most of the races, but there was some fantastic action on track too.


"It's a great result for the Speed Works team who put a considerable amount of effort into making it a fantastic event for the region and for motorsport."


The New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild has struggled to haul big crowds for the annual fixture, but the 2018 event saw a turn-around with tickets offered to rate payers in the area, which coincided with a strong marketing campaign.


The event is one of two meetings outside of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship that is recognised as having official Grand Prix status.