Hampton Downs Motorsport Park



Offical Opening From Left Chris Amon, Claire Roberts, Howden Ganley, Penelope Watson, Chris Watson. Sue Roberts, Peter Harris Mayor, Greta Hulme, Patrica McLaren


Official OpeningOfficial Opening Tony Roberts Chris Watson Peter Harris Mayor Jim Barclay 


Official Opening  Chris Watson, Peter Harris Mayor, Tony Roberts,Jim Barclay



Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

Location North Waikato, New Zealand
Time zone UTC +12
37°21′14″S 175°4′31″ECoordinates: 37°21′14″S 175°4′31″E
Major events Toyota Racing Series
Australian GT Championship
NZ Drift Series
NZ Festival of Motor Racing
NZ Touring Car Championship
World Rally Championship
Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific
International Circuit
Length 3.8 km (2.361 mi)
Turns 10
Race lap record 1:27.637 (Michael Lyons, , 2017, Historic Formula 1)
National Circuit
Length 2.8 km (1.740 mi)
Turns 7
Race lap record 0:59.483 (Michael Lyons, , 2014, F5000)
Club Circuit
Length 1.2 km (0.745 mi)
Turns 4
The Hampton Downs Motorsport Park is situated in rural northern Waikato (about halfway between Auckland and Hamilton on the Waikato Expressway), New Zealand near the Meremere drag strip and the dirt track club.
The motorsport park is an ambitious privately funded enterprise by two Motorsport friends, Tony Roberts and Chris Watson. Roberts and Watson purchased two dairy farms from Envirowaste in December 2003 and began the long task of getting resource consent to build the Motorsport Park. Opposition from Transit NZ and the Corrections Department (their new prison is 2km away) caused delays due to concerns over traffic, litter and odour, which was ironical with the landfill only 2kms away.
The concept of apartments on the edge of the circuit was entirely new and untested in the market. Roberts and Watson came up with the concept from observing its success alongside golf courses to help fund the project. It was a major success, with the 80 apartments selling in only 5 weeks in 2004 and returning $26 million to help fund the project. With construction beginning in February 2007. The completion was planned for late 2008, but a particularly wet winter pushed the opening out to October 2009. Some of the circuit was built on swampy ground, and Fraser Thomas Ltd, the engineers on the project utilised modern pre-loading technology to ensure that the land would be stable enough to support a race track. The earthworks were carried out by Ross Reid Ltd, who purchased laser controlled graders to ensure an accurate build of the circuit.
In January 2010 Hampton Downs was officially opened by the Waikato District Mayor, Peter Harris, at the Bruce McLaren Festival. This Festival was the first of the very successful Historic Motorsport Festival promoted to celebrate a famous New Zealander, or car marque. Hampton Downs has become a major venue for local motorsport without the restrictions imposed by tracks that share the use with the horse racing fraternity like Pukekohe Park Raceway. It also reflects a modern approach to motor race track design and associated amenities. The 160ha development's initial plans also included an industrial park, events cafe, motor lodge, lifestyle blocks, 80-trackside apartments and convention centre (re-located Britomart Pavilion) and the track is already booked out five days a week for driver training and various industry promotions.
In 2015, Tony Quinn purchased the complex and work started almost immediately to complete the circuit extension, based very much on the original plans. Currently completed are the hospitality suites above the pits, a corporate karting circuit, business park, business apartments (with seven-car garages) and cafe. The Bruce McLaren Trust has an industrial unit with a large collection of the famous NZ racing driver and originator of the McLaren F1 team memorabilia, which can be viewed most days.
Hampton Downs is now arguably the most technically advanced race circuit in the world, with complete integration between Alitrax control, start lights, flag point lights, pit lane lights, CCTV system, Mylaps timing, environmental sound monitoring, pit lane speed monitoring and large outdoor LED information displays. Most day-to-day operations are now fully automated including a vehicle safety system that monitors all vehicles on track and alerts the operator within 30sec if a vehicle stops on track.

The circuit
The track consists of two independent circuits that can be combined to form one large circuit. The direction of the circuits are clockwise. The track has a very smooth surface, and a mix of blind bends and crests which make it a challenging circuit for drivers.[2] The front straight is 950m long with a kink in the middle and has an 11m rise and fall, and the back straight is 750m long. The international circuit, which incorporates the long front straight and pit facilities, is 2.8 km long with seven corners. The club circuit is 1.2 km long with four corners. Both tracks can combine into a 3.8 km circuit with six right-hand and four left-hand corners.

(International Layout)

(National Layout)

(Club Layout)
The 450ha includes 80-trackside apartments set in four blocks on the main straight, all of which were sold out within five weeks during September 2004. Many of the apartments are offered to rent as part of a motel and are able to accommodate up to six people. Ultimately, the complex will include a swimming pool, tennis court, fitness club and restaurant for the use of residents and guests.
Track facilities and specification[edit]
The track has been designed for FIA Level 2 usage, which is just one step below Formula One. Apart from racing, there will be an emphasis on the testing and driver training facility. Downforce l run driver training (instructed by A1GP veteran Jonny Reid) and corporate events at Hampton Downs. California Superbike School signed up and based its New Zealand fleet of Suzuki GSXR600s at Hampton Downs to deliver professional rider training between-races events at Hampton Downs, as an extension of its worldwide network.

November 2008

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 Resource consent team

Hampton 2008Front straight


Hampton 2008

Hynds Tunnel KitsetTop Car park


Turn 7 to 8sealing 


turn one tunnel