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Taupo Supercars date announced

Following the announcement of Taupo as the venue for the Repco Supercars Championship’s return to New Zealand, the date has been confirmed.

In collaboration with the New Zealand Government and the Taupo District Council, Supercars has confirmed April 19-21 will mark the return of the class to the country.

Speaking on behalf of Economic Development Minister Barbara Edmonds, New Zealand Major Events Manager Kylie Hawker-Green said: “Ever since the first championship event here in 2001, Supercars has become one of New Zealand’s largest attended annual sporting events.

“After a year’s hiatus we are excited to be able to help reconnect the tens of thousands of fans from across New Zealand with their favourite teams and drivers, as well as welcome thousands of Australian visitors to Taupo and the surrounding regions.

“The Government’s Major Event Fund is proud to help lock in the return of Supercars by investing $5 million over the next three ITM Taupō SuperSprints.

“We are confident the Taupō round will add to the rich history of Supercar events in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

When the Repco Supercars Championship hit the track next year, it will be the 35th different venue to host the class and will be the 21st visit to New Zealand.

The 3.32km International layout will be used by Supercars and its support categories as the main event will again award the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy to the winner.

“We had an incredible response to the announcement earlier this month and as a result we’re trying to ensure we cover all options for ticketing before we go on sale,” Supercars CEO Shane Howard said.

“We anticipate having grandstand, general admission, corporate and other ticketing options confirmed and on sale in just a few weeks’ time.

“The venue is incredible. To think that in just over 200 days this entire venue will be filled with fans as Supercars race here is very exciting.”

Taupo District Mayor David Trewavas revealed the excitement in the region was building ahead of the event, with the confirmed date being announced adding to it.

Attracting a premium event like Supercars to the Taupō District further cements our reputation as the events capital of New Zealand and our central location means people will come from all over the country and overseas,” Trewavas said.

“We hope that while they’re here for Supercars they’ll take the opportunity to enjoy our superb scenery and world-class tourism attractions too.”

A waitlist for fans seeking tickets has been set up on and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to sign up to receive relevant information.