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2014 ITM 500 Auckland


The running of the V8 Supercars ITM500 Auckland May 2014…

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Track Information and History

Pukekohe Park is home to horse racing, motor racing and several community events & activities in the heart of Pukekohe, New Zealand. It is located 40 kilometres (24.9 mi) south of Auckland City in the North Island. The venue, owned by Counties Racing Club Inc. is used seven days a week for horse training, driver training, motor sport events, cycling and various events and functions.

The Raceway was opened in 1963 as a permanent track, replacing Ardmore (an aerodrome) as the host circuit of the New Zealand Grand Prix. Annually for several years, the mainly European based Grand Prix drivers such as Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart, would head downunder for a relaxed Tasman Series during the European winter.

For many years Pukekohe was the venue for New Zealand's premier production car race, the Benson and Hedges 500 mile race (later 1000 km) featuring drivers such as Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Jim Richards. In 1996 the New Zealand Mobil Sprints held one round in Pukekohe. Pukekohe Park Raceway also held an annual round of the popular Australian V8 Supercar race from 2001 to 2007. However, the New Zealand round moved to Hamilton Street Circuit so Pukekohe held its final event on the weekend of 20–22 April 2007. On 5 July 2012, it was announced that V8 Supercars would return to the circuit in 2013 as part of a 5-year deal with the circuit operators after the Auckland government confirmed that stakeholders would put $6.6 million into making the circuit more suitable for Supercars.

The changes to the track included a series of corners before the hairpin turn, meaning safer, slower races. The upgrades also included a new race control building, timing building and corporate viewing facility opposite the main grandstand as well as the addition of overhead pedestrian bridges.

In the centre of the circuit there is a thoroughbred training centre, which dictates the use of the site as it owned by the Counties Racing Club Inc. The Club is host to 14 horse race meetings a year and is used six days a week as a stables and training facility.

The New Zealand Grand Prix has been held at Pukekohe on 29 occasions, the first being in 1963, and the last to date being held in 2000. Between 1964 and 1975, the NZ Grand Prix at the circuit was also a round of the Tasman Series. Winners of the NZ Grand Prix at Pukekohe include Kiwis Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Craig Baird, and Paul Radisich, internationals such as Australian Frank Gardner, Italian Teo Fabi, and Brazilian Roberto Moreno, as well as Formula One World Champions John Surtees, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Keke Rosberg (Rosberg's wins in 1977 and 1978 were before his World Championship win in 1982).

Courtesy of Wikipedia

The track is not very big at all and has only a few sections that are actually laid out to have spectators. Fences at these areas are Very high and use telegraph styles main poles for the supports which does hinder your viewing somewhat. there is also limited parking so you are forced to use streets and parking within teh town itself and walk to the track.
I was there during the ITM 500 Supercars race. It had a full schedule taking in Two main races with support races from NZ supercars and also some GT cars which where quite a mix.

There were stands which hot rods and old F1 style cars and there was a lot laid on for fan entertainment, I would go to the track again but to be honest not for the Supercars, I found the racing boring.

Courtesy of Ian Chicken


Track Changes

  • Pukekohe Layout
    Pukekohe 1963-1966

    Length: miles / km

  • Pukekohe Layout
    Pukekohe 1967-1989

    Length: miles / km

  • Pukekohe Layout
    Pukekohe 1990

    Length: miles / km

  • Pukekohe Layout
    Pukekohe 2013

    Length: 1.808 miles / km

Practical Information
COMPANY WEBSITE CONTACT
Pukekohe Tickets http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/default.aspx +64 (04) 384 3840

Shops and Supermarkets

SHOP ADDRESS CONTACT LOCATION
Pak'n'Save Cnr Queen & Harris Streets, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand +64 9-238 0400
Countdown 192/186 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand +64 9-237 3080
Countdown Cnr Tobin & Seddon Sts, Pukekohe, Auckland 2120, New Zealand +64 9-237 0220

Garages and Mechanics

GARAGE ADDRESS CONTACT EMAIL
Crosbie Automotive 31 Crosbie Rd, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand +64 9-239 2734 http://crosbieautomotive.co.nz/contact-us/
STL Autos Limited 12 Subway Rd, Pukekohe, Auckland 2120, New Zealand +64 21 359 609 Stephanlukan@hotmail.com
PS Automotive 10 Harris St, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand +64 9-238 9026 psauto@xtra.co.nz
Fuel LOCATION
BP 76 Edinburgh St, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand +64 9-239 1065
Challenge 169 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand +64 9-238 8046
Mobilcard 161/165 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand +64 7-847 0829
Mobil Cnr Manukau Road & Massey Road, Pukekohe 2678, New Zealand +64 9-237 1240
  • Travel and Transport

    How to get there and how to get around the track.

    As of writing in 2013.
    Ticket holders for the V8 Supercars Pukekohe Park Raceway have a range of transport options. Pre-purchased tickets holders have the option of travelling on a special event bus or train to the event.
    To plan your journey, visit www.at.co.nz or phone +64 (0)9 366 6400. Those using special event buses may travel free to the event (Supercars).
    Travel to Pukekohe for the V8 Supercars is free on train services to the event.

    By bus:
    Special event buses to the venue will be provided for those travelling from the North Shore. These buses will operate along the Northern Busway departing from Albany approximately every 15 minutes from 5.30am to 10am each day during the event. This express service will stop at all stops along the Northern Busway until the Auckland Harbour Bridge, then continue direct to Glasgow Road, Pukekohe.
    The buses return to the North Shore from the same point, departing from 5pm until 90 minutes after the finish of the last race. Regular fares apply on normal scheduled bus services across the network.

    By train:
    Trains will operate every 15 minutes along the Southern Line with additional trains running to the Pukekohe Rail Station, around 1.5km from the raceway.It is recommended you travel early to the event to avoid possible delays due to high demand.

    Private vehicle:
    Some ticket holders will make their own way to the event and there will be parking options available for them. There is limited mobility parking available at the raceway.

    Fan Trail:
    Get your experience off to a great start with the excitement of the 1.4km Fan Trail from Pukekohe Train Station to Pukekohe Park Raceway. The Fan Trail is the event before the event - a must-do for ticket-holders of all ages.

    Mobility:
    A Mobilty Shuttle will operate for public transport users in Pukekohe for assistance if required from two locations: Glasgow Rd, Pukekohe to meet with Northern Busway services and Station Rd adjacent to the train station for train users
    Mobility Shuttles will operate from the first scheduled train until the last scheduled train departs from Pukekohe on event days. This also covers the duration of the special event bus services from the Northern Busway.

    Updates:
    Across the weekend Auckland Transport will provide regular travel updates on twitter: @akltransport

    Information Links.

    » Bus Timetable Pukekohe
    » Train Timetable Pukekohe
    » Train Station Pukekohe

    Other LinksLinks.

    » Taxi - Whiterose Cars
  • Maps

    The map room. All maps covering the track and surround areas

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