Work is well advanced on the major $6.6m upgrade of Pukekohe Park Raceway for next month’s Auckland V8 Supercars race.
The works include improving and replacing safety barriers, debris fencing and curbing, some resurfacing, major alterations to the pit area, new pit garages, control buildings and addition of two new corners on the back straight.
After two months of demolition, earthworks and infrastructure improvements, construction is now at its peak with the new pits and control buildings nearing completion.
The buildings rest on a new massive concrete pad area constructed after the removal of 9000cm of soil.
“Everything is either well ahead or right on schedule,” V8 Supercars chief operating officer Shane Howard said.
“The Pukekohe track is being completely transformed. With the pit building taking place and the two new corners looking absolutely superb this venue will be an outstanding facility.
“When this work is complete Pukekohe will be rightfully restated as the premier motorsport facility in New Zealand and the perfect location for the ITM400 Auckland.”
The new pit complex houses 32 pit garages as well as providing a significant service area behind the pits, while the pit lane has been re-aligned and drainage and storm water improved.
The new curbing and widening of some parts of the circuit is almost complete which will provide for cleaner and safer racing while the two new turns on the back straight have now been sealed.
Along with the track changes, there are refurbished spectator facilities including new viewing grandstands and premium viewing areas.
The ITM 400 is April 12-14.
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