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Hampton Downs to host a 12 Hour race next year - Photo: Supplied

Hampton Downs to host a 12 Hour race next year – Photo: Supplied

Hampton Downs will host a 12 Hour race next year, as a part of the inaugural Asia Pacific 36 series.

The owner of the north island, New Zealand circuit Tony Quinn has confirmed that his track will run the event on October 28 next year. The other events to make up the series are expected to the 12 Hour races at Sepang and Bathurst.

Australian GT Manager Ken Collier, recently met with SRO’s Stephane Ratel in London.

“Tony asked me to meet with Mr Ratel and get the deal done,” Collier explained.

“It is going to be a big event and will have support from the Blancpain GT Series Asia and I believe that many Australian GT teams will be interested.

“Obviously the NZ based GT3 teams will be talking about the event also.

“I am also talking to other categories who could participate at the event in support races as apart from being a great circuit we will have world class TV and live streaming production which is a big feature of all SRO events worldwide.

“I expect that that all three event organisers will work very well with SRO to make the Asia Pacific 36 a complete success.”

Quinn, who also owns the Highlands Motorsport Park on the south island, is enthusiastic about the Asia Pacific 36 series.

“When I invested in Hampton Downs I planned to have first class international events at the circuit,” Quinn said.

“To have the Asia Pacific 36 start at Hampton Downs, and with the support of Stephane’s organisation, is going to put New Zealand on the international GT3 map.”

Hampton Downs will again host Australian GT in October, as the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship again visits the venue for the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500.

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