Earthworks for the new racetrack and Motorsport park in the northern Waikato began with a ceremonial sod-turning last Friday.
February 26, 2007. The first sods of earth were turned on the site of the new Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in the northern Waikato last Friday by Waikato District Mayor, Peter Harris and Hampton Downs directors, Tony Roberts and Chris Watson
A1 GP driver, Jonny Reid then drove an earthmover to scrape off a section of the turf. Jonny’s father, Clayton Reid, has been awarded the contract to begin the earthworks. Local Maori blessed the site.
“We thought it would take about nine months to obtain (resource management) consent,” Roberts said. “Two and a half years and over a million dollars later, we’re able to begin this $120 million development, the first new motorsport park and circuit to be built in New Zealand for 30 years.”
Work begins immediately and, depending on weather conditions, should be completed near the end of 2008.
Photo caption: Chris Watson digs the turf at Hampton Down watched by Tony Roberts (left) and Peter Harris.