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Australian GTS champs set to roar into North Waikato for the Hampton Downs 500

October 18, 2017

The cars and stars of the Australian GT Championship will feature in the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 from October 28-29.

The countdown is on to the biggest event of the year at Hampton Downs.

The cars and stars of the Australian GT Championship will feature in the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 from October 28-29.

GT racing is a playground for the world's car manufacturers and Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Mercedes, McLaren and BMW, will all be represented on the starting grid at Hampton Downs.

The format for Hampton Downs 500 will see two timed compulsory pit stops and each car will have two drivers. Some of the Kiwi drivers confirmed for the event include former A1GP stars, Jonny Reid and Matt Halliday and Australian-based Kiwi, Jaxon Evans who is currently leading the Australian Endurance Championship with fellow Kiwi, Tim Miles.

The format makes for some thrilling racing, with strategy playing an important role in the outcome of every race.

Last year marked the first visit of the Australian GTs to Hampton Downs for the Australian Endurance Championship which was raced over 101 laps.

This year an extra 20 laps have been added to create a 500km race, the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500. The support categories include the  Central Muscle Cars, Ssangyong Utes and the launch of an exciting new format, Fast & Furious Racing.

There's plenty to do off  the track as well.

The pits will be open to the public  so you can get up close to the action. The grid walk before the start of the Hampton Downs 500 on Sunday is a rare opportunity for motorsport fans to walk the track before a big race.

One lucky fan each day will win a hot lap in the $4.3 million Highlands Vulcan, one of only 24 made by Aston Martin.

The Hampton Double Decker Fun Bus will cruise around the track on both days giving a bird's eye view of the track,there'll be giveaways, and NZ Superbike champion Sloan Frost will also be showing off his motorbike skills during the lunchtime entertainment.

There will also be plenty of entertainment for the kids in RJs Twisters Family Zone, a Show 'n Shine car exhibition, food and drink stalls, and the Pavilion bar with live action on the big screen.


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