Hampton Downs secures A1GP event

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The spectacular A1GP/World Cup Of Motorsport will come to the new state-of-the-art motorsport complex at Hampton Downs, south of Auckland, in October 2010.

While the circuit was initially due to host a round of this years series in January 2010, both A1GP and Hampton Downs circuit management have made a joint decision to instead hold the first A1GP event at the exciting new 3.8 kilometre Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in October 2010.

Hampton Downs CEO Jamie Kett said today that the later date would be of benefit for several reasons.

"October, as opposed to January, is a preferred period in both the international and national sporting calendar with fewer clashes with other major sporting events. There are also several positive commercial benefits.

"The later date gives us more time to finalise financial support from government while television programming is lacking content at that time of year and inventory costs are very cost effective. In addition, hospitality, accommodation plus food and beverage industry outlets experience a quiet period making them very keen to negotiate commercial partnerships.

"Corporate hospitality also starts to build leading into the summer season so for a great many reasons the October date is ideal for us," says Kett.

The decision means that Hampton Downs will open the 2010/2011 A1GP/World Cup Of Motorsport season in October 2010 followed by Surfers Paradise, Indonesia and the remaining rounds of the series.

The 2010/2011 A1GP/World Cup Of Motorsport will be the sixth season of this exciting motor racing championship that has captured the imagination of motor racing fans around the globe.

The series races at circuits all over the world and features teams representing their respective nations. The series has visited New Zealand on three previous occasions, each time providing a spectacular show at the Taupo Motorsport Park.

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park is scheduled to open in October of this year and when it does it will be New Zealand's best motorsport facility.

The 3.8 kilometre clockwise circuit features nine corners, plenty of overtaking opportunities and superb viewing along with top class facilities.

Situated 68 kilometres from central Auckland and 65 kilometres from the city of Hamilton the circuit is well placed to attract huge crowds to the A1GP/World Cup Of Motorsport when it returns to our shores in October 2010.