Pukekohe Park Raceway

Pukekohe Park Raceway

Pukekohe Park Raceway

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Although Pukekohe Park Raceway is better known internationally as a motor racing circuit, it is primarily a horse racing circuit in New Zealand. It is located south of Auckland City in the North Island. The track is now owned by Pukekohe Park Limited

It 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 1000km) featuring drivers such as Leo Leonard and Jim Richards. It 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 in 2008.

In the centre of the circuit there is a horse racing course, which dictates the use of the site as it owned by the , who have not invested a large amount of money in the motor racing track over the years and many would say that this is leading to its slow demise, even though the club holds very few horse race meetings each year, but it is used as a stables and training facility.

The circuit

The circuit is currently long, having been shortened from its original combined length when combined with the now defunct club circuit. Its visibility is...
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