Jonny Reid has backed changes made to the Taupo circuit ahead of New Zealand's round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, which takes place in January.

The previous fast left-right-left sequence of corners at the end of the main straight has been reconfigured into a tight left hander, followed by an even tighter right hander in a move which Reid believes will increase overtaking opportunities amongst the field.

"You can see the strategy immediately," he said. "Cars will now be subjected to heavier braking, which opens up more opportunities to pass. If drivers are prepared to push hard, and they're good enough, they should be rewarded. It's wicked that we'll be hitting that sort of corner more often than usual given the Taupo track is three and a half kilometres long, compared to the five kilometre monsters you can get in Asia."

Reid added that it wasn't just changes to the circuit that he expects to have a positive impact on the New Zealand race weekend, with the new regulations in force within the series having already improved the racing spectacle in the races run thus far this season.

"This season there is even more incentive to put the foot down," Reid said. "There are more points on offer and separate qualifying for both points-scoring races means you can go flat out in the sprint race and not risk blowing your feature race grid position.

"The second mandatory pit stop also adds an unknown quantity to the feature race, providing windows of opportunity that our team took advantage of to help us clinch the feature race win in the Czech Republic.

"I can't tell you how determined I am to do well at home and I'd love to have those stands packed and roaring each time we hit that corner."

 

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