Event organisers of the 2016 New Zealand Grand Prix have met to discuss the support categories for New Zealand’s premier motorsport event with an emphasis on Fan entertainment as part of the selection.
The annual event, which has been held at Manfeild Raceway since 2008, has played host to the famed open wheeler contest for the NZGP title as well as the V8 Touring Cars and many other ‘classic’ series such as the F5000’s and Muscle Cars.
“Motorsport is about excitement – and Manfeild has an enviable reputation as being the circuit in New Zealand that continually sets a high standard for this,” Said the circuits general manager, Julie Keane.
“As the home of the NZGP since 2008 and the rights’ holder through to 2017, we keenly feel the weight of responsibility for this event and new opportunity to fully determine what classes come for the weekend is welcomed.”
The categories who will feature at the 2016 event are: Toyota Racing Series, Toyota Finance 86 Championship, New Zealand Touring Cars, UDC V8 Utes, the SsangYong Race Series, Formula Ford, Formula First and Formula 5000.
“Close racing, fast racing, loud racing, historic cars, latest cars … all from well-subscribed fields. That’s another requisite for making the cut here – we demanded categories that would provide full grids.” Said Keane.
The line up remains similar to this year’s event, with the addition of the UDC V8 Utes and SsangYong Race Series and the absence of the Central Muscle Cars.
The open wheeler Toyota Racing Series will again remain the headline act.
Over half of the classes attending will be broadcasted with a delayed TV package, some of it internationally to 83 countries.
The event takes place at the Manfeild circuit in Feilding on February 12-14, 2016 and tickets