Motorsport Promoter Speed Works is determined to make its Hampton Downs race meeting on February 12-13 one of the circuits biggest of the year, despite today’s cancellation of the New Zealand Grand Prix race.
The one-off field of TRS FT-60 cars was set to top the bill at the event on the national layout of the circuit, but longer MIQ requirements and lack of spaces in MIQ facilities has meant the event has lost a significant number of Kiwi drivers from Australia and elsewhere who were scheduled to make the trip for the weekend.
Despite the loss, the other ten classes set to appear that weekend on the support card will race on, and Speed Works’ head Geoff Short is hoping to create a one-off signature event to attract some major cars and drivers based in New Zealand to the race meeting.
“There are a number of great racing cars in New Zealand in the form of current or recent GT3 cars and there is no shortage of appetite to race them,” explained Short.
“There is a real possibility we could run a one-off race for them to fill the void left by the GP race and we may even be able to put up one of our country’s significant trophies to mark the special significance of the race that weekend. These are unusual times and we are continually facing new and significant challenges but there are plenty out there keen to race and the show must go on.
“And whilst we are of course disappointed there will be no GP we are nonetheless keen to remind fans that this remains a packed race meeting with dawn until dusk track action featuring some very popular racing classes.”
NAPA Central Muscle cars, the new Super GT class, the biggest ever Toyota 86 Championship field, two grids of TradeZone GT cars, the NEXEN Tires Mazda Racing Series, High Q Components Formula First, V8s and the RYCO 24-7 V8 Utes Championship are all confirmed for the meeting.