Wednesday , September 28 2022

Twilight races for the 2019 Auckland SuperSprint option


Pukekohe could host twilight races next year pic: Daniel Kalisz

Twilight races can be introduced at ITQ Auckland SuperSprint in 2019, as Supercars assesses format options for an annual trip to New Zealand.

In the next season, the event will occupy a new slot in the Championship calendar with a Tasman tour that runs from November to September.

The decision to move from aviation to maritime transport to transport cars and equipment to New Zealand has forced this event to move to allow a longer time frame before and after the meeting so that consignments reach their targets.

Moving ITM Auckland SuperSprint to September also sees the race avoiding the World Rugby World Cup finals scheduled for November 2.

While satisfied with its current SuperSprint format, Supercars is exploring the possibility of twisting duels as the event takes place before saving time, which could increase planning pressure.

The Championship aims to discuss the twilight concept and racing under light rays with the Pukekohe Racing Club (CRC).

The Twilight races were held at the inaugural Australian Grand Prix Championship in March of this year.

The final decision about the formats is expected before the end of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 season this month.

This year's Auckland SuperSprint has run two 70 races.

"We are looking for next year, of course we will have a lot of summer time savings," said's Supercars Sean Seamer Executive Director.

"We are going to talk about the possible twilight, but basically the format, we are happy with it.

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

"We will make a formal decision on the formats at the next Commission meeting just before Newcastle."

Weather concerns in September were raised when Supercars issued its plan for 2019, but Seamer has no doubts about the weather that will come next year.

"If you look at the rain and millimeters of the rain, September, October or November are pretty much the same, really October is a bit worse, so from the weather perspective you never know what will happen in New Zealand," added Seamer.

"You could be here in January, and you get to the end of the tropical cyclones that descend, so from a window view, September, October, November they are pretty much the same."

This year's ITM Auckland SuperSprint was considered a success with a bumper that has accumulated over 110,000 fans in three days.

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