The Repco Supercars Championship will make its return to New Zealand in 2024 at Taupo International Motorsport Park.
Following support from the New Zealand Government via its Major Events Fund and the Taupo District Council, Supercars make a return across the Tasman in a deal until 2026.
“We are honoured to receive the New Zealand Major Events and Taupō District Council’s endorsement for the Supercars Championship’s return in 2024,” said CEO Shane Howard.
“A key priority for Supercars has been the Championship’s return to New Zealand and its passionate fan base.
“This support is a great step forward in ensuring we can begin a new chapter of racing at the world-class circuit in Taupō.
“With the support and the availability of Taupō International Motorsport Park, Supercars is now focused on identifying a suitable date for the event in 2024.
The championship looks forward to collaborating closely with all stakeholders, series partners and fans, to ensure the successful return of the Supercars Championship to New Zealand.
“We can’t wait to get over to New Zealand to celebrate with our dedicated fans this major announcement for the Championship.”
Tauhara hapū and Ngāti Tūwharetoa spokesperson, Te Moananui Rameka is delighted to welcome the Repco Supercars Championship back to New Zealand and at Taupo International Motorsport Park.
“This event marks a significant opportunity for our rohe, both culturally and economically,” said Te Moananui.
“Supercars offer a platform to showcase our indigeneity to the world. This event can serve as a bridge to share our traditions, stories, and values with attendees from around the globe, fostering understanding and appreciation of who we are as a people.
“By embracing the Supercars event, we are forging a meaningful partnership between the Tauhara hapū, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and the motorsport community. This collaboration promises cultural exchange and sustainable economic advancement for our people. We look forward to this event’s positive impact on Tauhara hapū, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Taupō community and Aotearoa.”
Taupo District Mayor David Trewavas highlighted the economic benefits such an event will bring to the region.
“Attracting a premium event like Supercars to the Taupō District further cements our reputation as the events capital of New Zealand,” Mr Trewavas said.
“Our central location means people will come from all over the country and we are looking forward to making the most of it. We expect a lot of visitors to our town and our district; and we know they’ll receive a warm Taupō welcome.”
Tony Quinn, owner of Taupo International Motorsport Park, is excited for the Repco Supercars Championship to race at his venue in 2024 after work has been done to make improvements since purchasing the circuit two years ago.
“It’s fitting that Supercars is coming back to NZ and hats off to everyone who has made it happen. The kiwis are going to love the excitement of it all. While some people might be surprised that it’s at our Taupō Track, we think it’s a winning combination – the track will provide excellent racing, the consents are all in place, Taupō and their community have a proven track record in hosting world-class events, and we know that Supercars knows how to make the magic happen.
“Since purchasing the park at the end of 2021, we’ve been full steam ahead bringing it up to ‘TQ’ standard and it’s special for our organisation to be part of the team making Supercars a reality back in NZ, in one of the most stunning regions in the country.
“I’ve no doubt that the Aussies that make the trip over to NZ are going to be well impressed with the Taupō region and all it has to offer and will go home and spread the good word.”
Repco CEO Wayne Bryant is excited for the return to New Zealand.
“The news that the Repco Supercars Championship is heading back to New Zealand is outstanding for the sport and the local fans.
“As a proud Trans-Tasman business, having a round of the Supercars Championship in New Zealand makes sense for everyone,” Bryant said. Repco has 87 stores in New Zealand and we know the Kiwis love their cars and motorsport. It’s the perfect match.
“The passionate support at Pukekohe last year was unforgettable. We know the unbelievable pedigree of drivers and crew within the sport that New Zealand continues to produce, so this just makes today’s news a big win for all.”
The Repco Supercars Championship will use the 3.23km International Circuit at Taupo, while facilities include three-story pit lane complex featuring 32-pit garages, first floor corporate suites and race control suite.
The date, ticketing information and further details will be provided in coming weeks.