The governing body of NZ motorsport has given official approval to run a round of the Australian V8 Supercar series in the Waikato city of Hamilton for the next seven years.
May 24, 2007, 5pm. MotorSport New Zealand (MNZ), which governs NZ motor racing, says it will sanction the Hamilton street race for Australian V8 Supercars for the next seven years.
The announcement follows agreement between MNZ and the Supercar event organisers.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have reached agreement with MotorSport New Zealand,” says Dean Calvert of Caleta Ltd, the promoters of the Hamilton V8 Supercar meeting.
“It means we can now push ahead confidently with the big job in front of us to build a street race circuit and plan this fantastic new race in Hamilton.”
MNZ president Steven Kennedy says he expects the street race meeting to be New Zealand’s biggest sporting event “attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Hamilton.”
As part of the agreement, four championship classes will run in association with the V8 Supercars. Likely classes will be NZ V8s, Toyota Racing Series, Porsche GT3 Cup and the Mini Challenge.
Photo caption: Jason Bright racing in the V8 Supercar Clipsall 500 on the Adelaide street race. The South Australian event will be the model for the NZ round of the series when it moves to Hamilton’s Frankton street circuit next year.