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ICONIC PUKEKOHE CORNER TO BE TORN UP

THE clock is ticking until Pukekohe Park Raceway’s high-speed Turn 1 is forever destroyed.

It’s now been well documented that Pukekohe will close to motorsport in April 2023, although the New Zealand circuit will at least be preserved thanks to iRacing laser scanning.

The focus at the precinct will thereafter fully centre around horse racing activities.

V8 Sleuth understands segments of the motor racing track will stay, to be used as internal access roads – but that is not all encompassing.

“Turn 1 is getting cut up and put into stables for 300 horses,” Pukekohe leaseholder Gary Stirling told V8 Sleuth.

“So the most iconic corner – everyone has got a story about Turn 1, good and bad… it’s a track of the brave, especially Turn 1. That’s going to go into horse stabling.”

As for the rest?

“The plan hasn’t really been formalised yet of what’s going to be utilised and what’s going to be cut up and what’s not going to be cut up,” Stirling admitted.

While the Repco Supercars Championship chalked up 45 races at Pukekohe, Stirling believes the bigger impact of the shutdown will be felt at the grassroots level.

“This is home to so many of our great drivers that we’ve had in history, they’ve all come through Puke. It’s devastating news,” he said.

“Yes, we will still have the history but I think we’re losing the future of the grassroots of racing in the North Island. I mean, it’s basically gone.

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“We have got four tracks in the North Island and all of us are busy every weekend. We all don’t have enough weekends.

“One thing we’d like to manufacture is another weekend a year because we’d sell it but now we are going to try to compress it all down into three; it’s going to be a problem.

“Who knows where the price is going to go? Hopefully it remains affordable.”

Supercars is yet to commit to a New Zealand venue for 2023.

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