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Murphy laments Pukekohe closure

Greg Murphy on the closure of Pukekohe and future of Supercars in New Zealand on the latest PARKED UP PLUS podcast.

28 July 2022

Supercars legend Greg Murphy and famous Kiwi racing administrator Bob McMurray have told PARKED UP PLUS presenter Mark Fogarty that Hampton Downs is the obvious replacement for New Zealand’s traditional home of motorsport.

The revived Auckland SuperSprint this September will be one of the last events ever at the classic Pukekohe circuit, which will close as a motor-racing venue next April.

The ‘King Of Pukekohe’, Kiwi V8 legend Murphy, tells PARKED UP PLUS what the impending closure means for the future of Supercars in New Zealand.

Murphy says the closure of the traditional New Zealand ‘Home of Motorsport’ will leave a “massive hole” in the country’s motor racing scene.

“It’s not a venue that’s only used once or twice a year; it’s used on a pretty regular basis for lots of events and other motorsport… it’s going to be a huge loss,” Murphy said.

He believes that Hampton Downs is a pretty obvious place for a Supercars round.

“Fortunately we do have other facilities; some fantastic facilities, Hampton Downs is well established and is an immense venue for motorsport… it’s a pretty obvious space for Supercars to move to,” Murphy explained.

The latest podcast also has exclusive details of Hyundai’s plan to take on Toyota in the Australian Rally Championship from next year.

Meanwhile, according to industry insiders, Toyota is poised to join the Australian TCR Championship with a new model Corolla.

All of this and Foges’ take on all of the latest motorsport news are included in the PARKED UP PLUS podcast.

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