Taupo Motorsport Park

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Taupo Motorsport Park

Taupo Motorsport Park logo
Track map
Location Taupo, New Zealand
Time zone UTC+12:00
Coordinates 38°39′56″S 176°8′39″E / 38.66556°S 176.14417°E / -38.66556; 176.14417Coordinates: 38°39′56″S 176°8′39″E / 38.66556°S 176.14417°E / -38.66556; 176.14417
Major events A1GP
D1NZ
NZ Formula Ford
Porsche GT3 Cup
MINI Challenge
New Zealand V8s
Toyota Racing Series
NZ Drift Series
Super Lap
V8SuperTourer
New Zealand Superbikes
Length 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Turns 14
Lap record 1:14.072 (Nico Hülkenberg, A1 Team Germany A1GP Zytek, 2007, A1GP)

Taupo Motorsport Park (also known as the Taupo Race Track) is a motorsports circuit located in Broadlands Road, Taupo, New Zealand. It is owned and operated by MIT Development Ltd.

It is considered to be the best facility of its type in Australasia.[1] The circuit was an upgrade from a 1.4 km Taupo Car Club's circuit to the new 3.5 km (2.2 mi) international layout in 2006.[2] The Motorsort Park completed in 2006 at the cost of NZ$13 million. It features driver training facilities, a motorsport business park with 13 first floor corporate suites and a second floor race control/corporate/catering complex.

On 21 January 2007 Taupo Motorsport Park hosted the sixth race in the 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix season and on 20 January 2008 it hosted the fifth race in the 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix season. In order to create more overtaking opportunities, a tighter chicane was introduced at the end of the straight. On 25 January 2009 Taupo Motorsport Park hosted the fourth race in the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season. Due to the tight ‘s’ bend close to the start cause collisions in the pass, the rolling start replaced by a standing start for the 2009 event's Sprint race.[2]

The Taupo Race Track project has received a Silver Award by the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand, praising the high-quality delivery of the project, which was designed and constructed in tandem to achieve very tight deadlines.[1] However, on 8 May 2008 Newstalk ZB reported that the motorsport park is NZ$3 million in debt and the owners are seeking equity to help keep their business afloat. [3]

The circuit[edit]

The track includes four alternative configurations (consisting of 3.5 km, 3.4 km, 2.2 km and 1.3 km), two separate pit areas, a three-story pit lane complex with 32 ground floor pit garages that is currently under construction. The track also features an NHRA standard dragstrip (830-metre long, 17 metres wide) with full capacity viewing for 10,000. The motor racing circuit has various licences ranging from National Grade 1 Motorsport License, FIA Grade 2 Motorsport License and International Motorcycling Safety Standards depending on which track configuration.[4][5] A1 Team Ireland's driver Adam Carroll commented that the track got little bumps and is technical and tight.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taupo Race TrackInnovate NZ, Brochure of the '2007 ACENZ Awards of Excellence', Page 18
  2. ^ a b c "OFFICIAL PREVIEW: Taupo". a1gp.com. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Motorsport: Taupo cash crisis won't hurt A1GP". a1gp.com. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ "More about the Taupo Track". downforce.co.nz. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  5. ^ "The Track". tauporacetrack.co.nz. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-19. [dead link]

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