Monday, Jan 13 12:07pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Organisers apologise for circuit shift, refunds made available

Organisers of this year’s ITM Auckland Super400 believe a shift from Pukekohe Park to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park won’t be difficult.


Confirmed on Monday, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship cannot race at Pukekohe Park due to Auckland Unitary Plan restrictions.


Under the Auckland Unitary Plan, events cannot take place at the circuit on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or ANZAC Day.


Tickets already purchased for the event will be valid for the race, however, fans are being offered a refund from Ticketek New Zealand if they no longer wish to attend.


The decision to move the event to Hampton Downs is seen by Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), Supercars and Hampton Downs as one that will create “minimal disruption” to fans and competitors.


“Despite the change in venue, we are confident that the Auckland region will receive the bulk of the economic benefit from being the main hub for suppliers, accommodation and off-site activities for visitors,” ATEEED General Manager of Destination, Steve Armitage said.


Supercars CEO Sean Seamer apologised for the inconvenience to fans saying: “Sincere apologies to our fans and partners for any inconvenience caused by the venue change, but we’re going to be just 15 minutes from Pukekohe at one of the world’s best facilities and most demanding tracks.”


Josie Spillane, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park COO, said they are embracing having the Supercars Championship at the North Waikato circuit.


“We are delighted to be the host circuit of the ITM Auckland Super400, bringing Kiwi race fans their motorsport highlight of the year.


“To be hosting the first Supercars event at Hamptons this year is an achievement our team is immensely proud of and we can’t wait to see who is crowned the inaugural champion on the circuit in April.”


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