Hampton Downs will host its inaugural Virgin Australia Supercars Championship round in April as part of a change to the 2020 calendar.
Situated south of Auckland, Hampton Downs replaces Pukekohe as this year's New Zealand event in order to ensure on-track action goes ahead on the April 24-26 Anzac weekend.
Recent changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan – restricting noise at Pukekohe on Anzac Day – provided a stumbling block, forcing the event to be moved.
Supercars management weighed up several solutions to the conundrum, striking a deal with Hampton Downs and Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) that will cause minimal disruption to local and international fans, as well as competitors.
Hampton Downs is roughly 30km down the road from Pukekohe – and less than 70km from Auckland CBD – meaning accommodation and flights already booked can still be used.
Trackside tickets already purchased for Pukekohe will be valid for use at Hampton Downs; alternatively fans can seek a refund by contacting Ticketek New Zealand.
Information on other ticket types will be released on Supercars.com and social media platforms in the coming weeks.
“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,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“It’s going to be great for everyone involved.”
Hampton Downs has hosted various categories including the New Zealand Touring Cars Championship and is regarded as a world-class motorsport facility featuring a challenging layout for drivers and quality viewing for fans.
Hampton Downs chief operating officer Josie Spillane expressed her excitement about the track's imminent Supercars debut.
“We are delighted to be the host circuit of the ITM Auckland Super400, bringing Kiwi race fans their motorsport highlight of the year,” Spillane said.
“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.”
ATEED general manager – destination, Steve Armitage, added: “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.”
The Anzac round will still include participation and support from the Armed Forces and Returned Services Associations.
Supercars.com will keep fans up to date with any further information about the change of venues.