Hampton Downs Motorsport Park
The perfect place to blow off some steam!
New Zealand’s most modern motorsport complex started as an ambitious privately funded enterprise and after years of hard work and paperwork, the construction began in February 2007. The completion date was planned for late 2008 but a particularly wet 2007 winter pushed the opening out to October 2009.
The vision was for the park to become a major venue for local motorsport with a modern approach taken during the design process by Clive Bowen of Apex Circuit Design and it would be the most up to date facility in New Zealand offering an entertainment venue for the promotion of motor racing in New Zealand.
It boasts 3 different track configurations along with 2 skidpans areas, one for driver training, the other for drifting as well as an SUV course and go-kart track.
To complement the on-track facilities, the 450ha developments also includes an industrial park, motor lodge, lifestyle blocks, 80 trackside apartments and convention centre.
|Number of Corners in International 2.8km Circuit||6 corners, 4 right hand and 2 left hand|
|Elevation difference||11 metres|
|Fastest lap in car and on a bike||The current record is 59.840 held by Michael Lyons (UK). He was driving a Lola T400 HU7 Formula 5000 during the NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating BMW Motorsport on 29th January 2012. The lap record was broken in race 101.
The prior record was 1:00497 held by Steve Ross in a McRae GM1-009 Formula 5000. This record was made at the NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating BMW Motorsport on the 22nd January 2012 during race 51 (same as Michael Lyons below). His top speed during the race was 268.15km per hour
|Top speed recorded||Top recorded speed is 287 kph by Andrew Stroud on his Suzuki motorbike|
|First race||Was TARGA on the 26th October 2009|
The track is in a natural valley, surrounded by 450 acres of rolling hillside. With this exceptional natural advantage, much of the race track is visible from any point.
The pavement structure is composed of layers of chip seal and asphalt with the top layer being a special mix containing polymers and additives to give a tough shear resistant surface that gives excellent grip in the wet or the dry.
The final design and full FIA simulation analysis as a Category 2 circuit was completed by Clive Bowen when he worked for Kiwi, Dick Bennetts, at West Surrey Racing (WSR) in 2006. Colin Giltrap, Dick Bennetts and GP Farms sponsored Clive to New Zealand to ensure that the new circuit would be designed to the highest standard. Clive has since left WSR and started up Apex Circuit Design Ltd. Clive’s design philosophy, working from the original layout defined by Roberts and Watson, was to incorporate the views of; drivers, teams and the FIA into a sequence of corners and straights that should provide good racing, good spectator viewing and safe use for drivers of all abilities. The layout is simple, without undue ‘frills’, but because of the contour of the land it will be a challenging and rewarding track to drive. Unlike other tracks in New Zealand, this circuit has plenty of rise and fall. Added to this are two long straights and at least four good passing opportunities around the full circuit. The proposed 3.8 km large circuit has 10 corners, six right hand and four left hand. The main straight is 1000 metres long, with a kink in the middle and a 11 metre rise and fall. The back straight is flat with a length of 800 metres. Circuit direction is clockwise.
The Club circuit (currently in construction) will have its own infrastructure, including parking and a driver training hall. This track is 1.2 kms in length, with four corners. The medium circuit is 2.8 kms, with six corners and hilly contours. This circuit incorporates the long front straight and pit garages. The International 2.8km circuit already is in use for events, driver training and corporate experiences. The Club circuit already has training and corporate days committed upon its completion.