Upgrade to iconic Pukekohe Park motor circuit
Open Testing to take place Saturday 14th October
Pukekohe Park, the most iconic of all New Zealand motor circuits, has commenced a progressive circuit resurface with an initial investment of over $600,000.
Pukekohe Park is arguably one of the fastest circuits in Australasia and is well known for its various challenging bumps that provide nail biting moments for drivers and fans alike. But the degradation and limited maintenance in these areas overtime has caused concerns and safety issues to circuit users.
This initial resurface is focused on the SsangYong Sweeper (turn one), the approach up to the Mount Shop Mountain (turn eleven), the back straight (turn four to the new complex) and the entire Pit Lane. These areas bring the total resurfacing area to just shy of 20,000m2.
The resurfacing will improve the safety to drivers entering the turns and travelling at speed. The works are due to be completed in two phases with the first taking place before November’s Supercars event.
Due to the inclement Spring weather not allowing asphalt time to settle, the high load areas of the SsangYong Sweeper and the base of the Mount Shop Mountain will be cut, pre-levelled, and then an initial resurface good enough for top motorsport action. This will alleviate any safety concerns. The final topcoat of asphalt for these two corners will be finished in January. The other areas will be fully resurfaced prior to the Supercars event.
Pukekohe Park’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Hunt, admits this work is long overdue.
"It is hoped more major motorsport events will come and use NZ’s most famous circuit following the resurfacing. Its history and location to Auckland means its ideally suited to attract the regions motorsport fans and participants alike. With the grandstand and function centre, we provide the ideal venue for top class as well as grass-roots motorsport action.
And it’s not just motorsport to benefit, as we also have a lot of cycling, duathlon and running events who will enjoy the new surface.”
The investment is a huge undertaking by all involved at Pukekohe Park, especially the Park’s owners Counties Racing Club. The Club has also invested in a new horse racing surface, resulting in arguably the best horseracing track in the country, upgraded one of the four levels in the grandstands, installed LED race lights and closed-circuit TV on the circuit, as well as installing 28 new pit garages. All of which totals nearly $4million in the last three years.
Hunt adds "It’s really rewarding for all of the staff when someone who hasn’t been to the Park for a couple years comes up to them and says how amazing the place looks. With top class horse racing and motorsport plus other major events planned, Pukekohe Park will no doubt attract more people more regularly to a greater range of events, continuing the steeped history of this iconic venue.”
The circuit will be holding Open Testing on Saturday 14th October and invites all to come along and test out the new grip levels ahead of the 2017 Supercars round. For more information about the upgrades, contact the Circuit Manager, John Hume, on 021 704 347. For more information about upcoming events or general queries, contact the Marketing Manager, Natalie Jamieson, on 029 238 8049.