Hampton Downs Motorsport Park (North Waikato)

New Zealand is to have a new Motorsport complex comprising three sealed circuits, pit buildings, industrial units, Business Park, Lifestyle blocks, convention centre, restaurant and trackside apartments to service the needs of modern-day Motorsport. Construction started 23/2/07 and the track should be completed late 2009.

The circuit, which will be called Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, is located near the current Meremere drag strip and oval, in the North Waikato, just South of Auckland.

The final design and full FIA simulation analysis as a Category 2 circuit was completed by Clive Bowen when he worked for Kiwi, Dick Bennetts, at West Surrey Racing (WSR). Colin Giltrap and Dick Bennetts sponsored Clive to New Zealand to ensure that the new circuit would be of the highest standard. Clive has since left and started up Apex Circuit Design Ltd. Clive's design philosophy, working from the original layout defined by Roberts and Watson, was to incorporate the views of; drivers, teams and the FIA into a sequence of corners and straights that should provide good racing, spectating and safe use for drivers of all abilities. The layout is simple, without undue ‘frills', but because of the contour of the land it will be a challenging and rewarding track to drive. Unlike other tracks in New Zealand, this circuit has plenty of rise and fall. Added to this are two long straights and at least four good passing opportunities around the full circuit. The 3.8 km large circuit has nine corners, five right hand and four left hand. The main straight is 950 metres long, with a kink in the middle and a 12 metre rise and fall. The back straight is flat with a length of 750 metres. Circuit direction is clockwise.

The Club circuit has its own infrastructure, including parking and a driver training hall. This track is 1.2 kms in length, with four corners. The medium circuit is 2.8 kms, with six corners and hilly contours. This circuit incorporates the long front straight and pit garages. Both these circuits already have training and corporate days committed upon their completion The two circuits sit on a very large 140 acre site, while a further 250 acres will contain an Industrial Park, Camping Ground, Lifestyle Blocks and Recreational Vehicle course.