Penultimate BNT V8s round at Hampton Downs postponed

BNT V8s pic: Tayler Burke

The second-to-last round of the BNT V8s to be held at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MotorSport New Zealand promoter Speed Works Events was to host the final round of the 2019/20 season over March 27-29 with the BNT V8s as the headline event.

“The MotorSport New Zealand Championship event scheduled for March 27-29 has been postponed,” a statement from the governing body read.

“The decision was made by MotorSport New Zealand and the promoter SpeedWorks Events after concentrated discussions over the last 24-hours.

“Recent and rapid developments in the COVID-19 situation, including the travel and mass gathering restriction set in place yesterday, have been a factor that all parties have had to consider.

“The sport was supportive of the event being run if at all possible to minimise the wider impact on the motorsport community and businesses.

“However, during the consultation process, multiple classes took the decision to withdraw from the event following their committee and competitor feedback. These withdrawals made the event unviable from the sports and the promoters point of view.

“MotorSport New Zealand and SpeedWorks Events will work with Hampton Downs to find a suitable date for the event to be rescheduled between the end of May and end of June.”

Restrictions from the New Zealand Government mean events with more than 500 people cannot take place.

Earlier this week MotorSport New Zealand confirmed its own new measures to limit on-site attendance to 500 people.

As a result, the next BNT V8s round will now take place at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, with a replacement date for the postponed event yet to be confirmed.

The championship is currently led by Virgin Australia Supercars Championship regular Andre Heimgartner.

BNT V8s was set to reveal their new cars that will run in the 2020/21 season at the event that has since been postponed.

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