National motorsport championship promoter Speed Works Events admits it has been taken by surprise with the huge level of interest in the first round of its 2018-2019 calendar at Pukekohe Park over the December 7-9 weekend.
Speed Works has been keen to develop a pre-Christmas fixture for fans and companies since it took over the running of the national championship series two years ago, but the interest in the Pukekohe meeting – which will be run on the circuit’s original full back straight configuration – is proving unparalleled for the promoter.
The meeting was also oversubscribed by categories and will be limited to ten of the best, fastest and most diverse racing categories in NZ – BNT V8s, PORTERGROUP V8 Utes, Central Muscle Cars, the super-fast, unlimited TradeZone GT1/2 and GT3/4 grids, Pirelli Porsches, the Toyota 86 Championship, NEXEN Tyre Mazdas, Hi-Q Components Formula First and the action-packed Ssangyong Actyon Utes.
“We definitely believe that there is real potential for the sport to have a big meeting near Christmas which fits into that period of holidays, company functions and tourist travel,” explained Speed Works’ Geoff Short.
“What we are seeing now with the Pukekohe meeting reinforces that view. The early response to the meeting really has been amazing, way ahead of our expectations in terms of interest and commitment from companies via corporate sales and we are very confident it will be a great race meeting and one which we’ll be able to build on in future years.”
SPEED WORKS MOTORSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP – 2018-2019
7-9 December 2018 – Pukekohe Park, Pukekohe (Short Circuit)
11-13 January 2019 – Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell
18-20 January 2019 – Teretonga Park Raceway, Invercargill
25-27 January 2019 – Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato
1-3 February 2019 – Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo
8-10 February 2019 – Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding
8-10 March 2019 – Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato
13-14 April 2019 – Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo