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Prospects for a V8 Supercar race in Hamilton are looking bright after the proposal won backing from the roads authority Transit New Zealand.

Prospects for a V8 Supercar race in Hamilton are looking bright after the proposal won backing from the roads authority Transit New Zealand.

It was mainly opposition from Transit at that sunk the original bid for a street race in Auckland, when many said the race would cause many traffic problems.

The Hamilton City Council still needs to gain a recent consent to run the race from 2008, but its chances received a big boost when Transit signed an agreement supporting the event. Hamilton Mayor Michael Redmond said he was "delighted" with the agreement.

"The community should take comfort in Transit's position," he said.

Meanwhile, the circuit originally proposed just outside the central business district, has been shortened slightly to 3.4 km after detailed investigations by track engineers from Australia. A hairpin bend has been introduced at the end of London Street to slow the cars down and make the track safer.

Planning is well advanced with provisions for the pits, viewing areas, landscaping changes and free buses all the in place. The street race will take over from Pukekohe as New Zealand's round of the V8 Supercar Championship.


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