V8 Supercars Australia COO Shane Howard will lead his events team along with many of the current locally based staff and contractors, re-affirming the unwavering bond between V8 Supercars and New Zealand.
“The ITM400 is a keystone of our sport, as is New Zealand,” Howard said. “It's with great pride that we can bring our expertise to the table in conjunction with the Hamilton City Council and the team of wonderful people already in place for the event.
“Over time we will put together the best team on both sides of the Tasman to reinvigorate this event and continue Hamilton's proud tradition of being able to boast the largest sporting weekend in the country each year.
“This event has the potential for enormous growth beyond what is already a highly successful weekend. We plan to introduce new elements immediately in line with our overall philosophy of world class racing, entertainment and immense appeal to all people.”
As part of the deal former promoter Caletta Street Management has stepped aside.
“Dean and Steve have done a good job in the past three years from a strong first event right up until this year which still produced a strong crowd despite the tough economic circumstances,” Howard added.
“V8 Supercars Australia is in great shape to run the ITM400, adding it to its big portfolio of what is now nine major events in Australia and New Zealand. In fact we look very much forward to it.”
V8SA will secure key local staff, suppliers and contractors, and planning is already well underway next year's ITM400 around a street circuit in Frankton.