Thursday , January 21 2021

Twilight offers a chance for the 2019 Auckland SuperSprint



Pukekohe could host twilight racing next year: Daniel Kalisz

Race rays could be introduced at ITM Auckland SuperSprint in 2019, while Supercars assesses format options for its annual New Zealand trip.

The next season will see that the event will take on a new slot in the championship calendar, with Tasman traveling from November to September.

A move from air to cargo to transport cars and equipment to New Zealand forced the event to move to allow for a longer period of time before and after the meeting to get the shipments to their destinations.

Traveling ITM Auckland SuperSprint in September also sees the race avoiding the final of the Rugby World Cup scheduled for November 2.

Although he is pleased with his current SuperSprint format, Supercars investigates the possibility of a twilight race because the event will take place before the summer savings are born, which could add pressure to the programming.

The Championship is about to discuss the concept of twilight and the prospect of participating in racing spotlights with club clubs Racing Club (CRC) owners Pukekohe.

The racing games were organized at the inauguration of the Australian Grand Prix tournament in March this year.

A final decision on the formats is expected to be made before the final of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 season this month.

This year, Auckland SuperSprint conducted two 70-stage races.

"We're waiting for next year, obviously saving light before that day," said Superman, Sean Seamer, for Speedcafe.com.

"We'll have a conversation around a twilight, but fundamentally the format, we're happy with that.

"We will have to talk more with the Counties Racing Club and the people here, but we'll see what we can do from there.

"We will make final decisions on formats at the next Commission meeting just before Newcastle."

September weather concerns were raised when Supercars launched its program in 2019, but Seamer is not concerned about the weather window that the event will adopt next year.

"If you look at the rain days and millimeters of rain, September, October or November are almost the same, in fact, October is a bit worse, so from a time point of view you never know what will happen in New Zealand, Seamer added.

"You could be here in January and you'll end up on the tropical cyclone that comes down, so from a window viewpoint, September, October, November are pretty much the same."

ITM Auckland SuperSprint this year was considered a success with a bumper of 110,000 fans who went into the three days.


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