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Michael Hovey
Australian GT @Highlands Motorsport Park 2014

Australian GT

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park is situated in rural northern Waikato (about halfway between Auckland and Hamilton on the Waikato Expressway), New Zealand near the Meremere drag strip and the dirt track club.

The motorsport park is an ambitious privately funded enterprise and the construction began in February 2007. The completion was planned for late 2008 but a particularly wet winter pushed the opening out to October 2009. It is a major venue for local motorsport without the restrictions imposed by tracks that share the use with the horse racing fraternity like Pukekohe Park Raceway.

It also reflects a modern approach to motor race track design and associated amenities. The 450ha development's initial plans also included an industrial park, events cafe, motor lodge, lifestyle blocks, 80 trackside apartments and convention centre (re-located Britomart Pavilion) and the track is already booked out 5 days a week for driver training and various industry promotions.

In 2015 Tony Quinn purchased the uncompleted complex and work started almost immediately to complete, based very much on the original plans. Currently being completed are hospitality suites, whilst an SUV Course has been running since 2013. A corporate Karting Circuit, Business Park, Business Apartments (with 7-car garages) and a museum, with administration centre and cafe are also in the short term plans.

The track will ultimately consist of two independent circuits that can be combined to form one large circuit. The direction of the circuits are clockwise. The track has a very smooth surface, and a mix of blind bends and crests which make it a challenging circuit for drivers.[2] The front straight is 950m long with a kink in the middle and has a 11m rise and fall, and the back straight is 750m long. The international circuit, which will incorporate the long front straight and pit facilities, is 2.8 km long with seven corners. The club circuit, currently under construction is 1.2 km long with four corners. Both tracks can combine into a 3.8 km circuit with six right-hand and four left-hand corners.

Source: Wikipedia

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