The Repco Supercars Championship will return to New Zealand and race at Taupō International Motorsport Park from 2024.
The New Zealand government has confirmed its backing for an event to take place at the North Island circuit from 2024 until at least 2026.
New Zealand dropped off the calendar in 2023 with the end of motorsport events at Pukekohe Park Raceway. Taupō will be the third circuit to host Supercars in New Zealand following Pukekohe and Hamilton.
“We are honoured to receive the New Zealand Major Events and Taupō District Council’s endorsement for the Supercars championship’s return in 2024,” said Supercars CEO Shane Howard.
“A key priority for Supercars has been the championship’s return to New Zealand and its passionate fan base.
“This support is a great step forward in ensuring we can begin a new chapter of racing at the world-class circuit in Taupō.
“With the support and the availability of Taupō International Motorsport Park, Supercars is now focused on identifying a suitable date for the event in 2024.
“The championship looks forward to collaborating closely with all stakeholders, series partners and fans, to ensure the successful return of the Supercars championship to New Zealand.
“We can’t wait to get over to New Zealand to celebrate with our dedicated fans this major announcement for the championship.”
The New Zealand round is expected to be held in April 2024.
“It’s fitting that Supercars is coming back to NZ and hats off to everyone who has made it happen… the Kiwis are going to love the excitement of it all,” said owner of Taupō International Motorsport Park, Tony Quinn.
“While some people might be surprised that it’s at our Taupō Track, we think it’s a winning combination – the track will provide excellent racing, the consents are all in place, Taupō and their community have a proven track record in hosting world-class events, and we know that Supercars knows how to make the magic happen.
“Since purchasing the park at the end of 2021, we’ve been full steam ahead bringing it up to “TQ” standard and it’s special for our organisation to be part of the team making Supercars a reality back in NZ, in one of the most stunning regions in the country.
“I’ve no doubt that the Aussies that make the trip over to NZ are going to be well impressed with the Taupō region and all it has to offer and will go home and spread the good word!”