Supercars has confirmed the date for its return to New Zealand, with the 2024 ITM Taupō SuperSprint being held on April 19 to 21.
The announcement was made at the circuit today by the New Zealand government, which confirmed substantial funding will be going towards ensuring the event is a success for fans over the next three years.
“Ever since the first championship event here in 2001, Supercars has become one of New Zealand’s largest attended annual sporting events,” said New Zealand Major Events Manager Kylie Hawker-Green.
“After a year’s hiatus we are excited to be able to help reconnect the tens of thousands of fans from across New Zealand with their favourite teams and drivers, as well as welcome thousands of Australian visitors to Taupo and the surrounding regions.
“The Government’s Major Event Fund is proud to help lock in the return of Supercars by investing $5 million over the next three ITM Taupō SuperSprints.
“We are confident the Taupō round will add to the rich history of Supercar events in Aotearoa New Zealand.”
Taupō will become the 35th different venue to host a Repco Supercars Championship round.
It will be the 21st Supercars championship round held in New Zealand, with Taupō International Motorsport Park the third North Island venue to stage points-paying racing alongside Pukekohe and Hamilton.
The ITM Taupō SuperSprint will see Supercars and various support categories utilise the 3.32km International Circuit configuration of the venue over all three days of the event.
Drivers will once again be competing for the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy, named after the late Kiwi Supercars’ Hall of Fame inductee who contested 113 rounds and 284 races in his decorated career.
Supercars CEO Shane Howard added: “We had an incredible response to the announcement earlier this month and as a result we’re trying to ensure we cover all options for ticketing before we go on sale.
“We anticipate having grandstand, general admission, corporate and other ticketing options confirmed and on sale in just a few weeks’ time.
“The venue is incredible. To think that in just over 200 days this entire venue will be filled with fans as Supercars race here is very exciting.”