Circuit type: FIA Grade 2
Length: 3.8 km
Clive Bowen was commissioned in 2005 through WSR to undertake the detailed design and FIA design approval/homologation for a new hill circuit for V8 Supercars, A1GP and historic Formula 5000 race cars in New Zealand. The circuit commenced build in 2007 and held its first international event in February 2010.
The design philosophy was to incorporate the views of the drivers, teams and the FIA into a sequence of corners and straights to provide good racing, spectating and safe use for all abilities.
The circuit, which has been voted as “the best circuit in Australasia” is overlooked by residential apartments, which assisted in the commercial viability of this project and allowed the management team to launch the 2.8 km ‘short’ circuit. The 3.8 km circuit, once completed, will have nine corners, five right‐hand and four left‐hand.
Hampton Downs was recently acquired by Tony Quinn and is now being extended to the full 3.8 km circuit as designed by Apex in 2005 with other commercial enhancement in the form of a kart circuit, commercial buildings and a full pit complex; Hampton Downs is maintaining its claim to be the best motorsport venue in Australasia.
For more information please visit www.hamptondowns.com