V8 SuperTourers has appointed The New Zealand International Grand Prix (Auckland) Incorporated (NZIGP) to be the independent judicial authority for its rapidly growing series with immediate effect.
“V8ST is a commercial entity and, as such, it is always going to be difficult to be independent and impartial in dealings with competitors and teams alike and that’s why we have appointed NZIGP to that role,” explained Chris Abbott, Chairman of V8 SuperTourers Ltd.
NZIGP is New Zealand’s most respected, experienced and capable motorsport administrator. Tracing its origins back to The Auckland International Grand Prix Association, which organised the country’s earliest motor races in the 1920s, NZIGP was responsible for the famous New Zealand Grand Prix at the Ardmore and Pukekohe circuits which were, at the time, the largest sporting events of any kind held in New Zealand.
In more recent times, NZIGP has been involved in the sporting organisation of New Zealand’s most important motorsport events including the world championship touring car races held on the Wellington waterfront circuit, the New Zealand rounds of the World Rally Championship and the annual Australian V8 Supercar events.
“I am delighted to hand control of this vital part of our series to such a professional and experienced organisation as NZIGP,” added Abbott.
“V8 SuperTourers have been phenomenally successful in its first events with crowds, television audiences and a public awareness exceeding even our own expectations.”
“We have had several proposals from unexpected quarters which look likely to lead to exciting new events and opportunities for the series and our teams in and beyond 2013.