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Pukekohe V8s to get $6.6 million revamp

Monday 15 Oct 2012 1:13 p.m.

Tony Cochrane, left to right, Jennah Wootten, Penny Hulse and Darryl Butson. V8 Supercars announce Pukekohe Park Raceway as the venue for the New Zealand round of the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship (Photosport)

Tony Cochrane, left to right, Jennah Wootten, Penny Hulse and Darryl Butson. V8 Supercars announce Pukekohe Park Raceway as the venue for the New Zealand round of the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship (Photosport)

The Pukekohe V8s are about to get a $6.6 million upgrade in time for the Supercars Championship race, the Auckland 400.

Among the upgrades announced today are a longer track - from 2.84km to 2.91km - three new corners on the back straight and the addition of a corporate viewing building.

The race, scheduled for April, replaces Hamilton as the New Zealand leg of the Championship.

"With improved spectator and corporate facilities, V8 Supercars has no doubt it will again become New Zealand's premium motorsport precinct, and a significant boost for motorsport in this country," V8 Supercars chief executive David Malone said. 

The Auckland economy and motorsport in general will benefit while the improvements to the track are “significant and will ensure Pukekohe remains a top class asset, just 40 minutes from the Auckland CBD ," he said. 

Pukekohe V8 upgrades:

 - An increase in track length from 2.84 km to 2.91 km

- Introduction of three new turns on the back straight.

- New first and second line of protection (impact absorbing concrete barrier and debris fence)

- New race control building

- New timing building

- New corporate viewing facility opposite main grandstand

- Asphalt resurfacing while keeping character of the track

- New pedestrian bridges for access to new viewing area

- Improved driver safety with revised runoffs, tyre walls, transition kerbs and gravel traps

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