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New Zealand Officially Has a New Race Track

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This past weekend New Zealand Celebrated the opening of it’s new international standard race track. Highlands Motorsport Park is a beautiful facility with a serene country side surrounding the speedway. The track is a total length of 3 miles, which allows the track to split itself up into 3 separate tracks that could race simultaneously. The track plans to offer membership for usage, and it’s not going to be cheap. The cheapest membership will run $2,650 joining fee, with $1950 annual fee, and only 10 racing days. Any additional track days would come into an extra $250 every day of racing. Some may say that this isn’t that bad, and they would be right, for a brand new track this is a bargain.

The opening festival consisted of a free entrance into the park and an all day event to tour the facilities. The people behind the organization wanted the track to have a proper break-in on for it’s opening. They had Craig Baird and a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 set the official track record. I thought this was a great way to really celebrate the track and really kick off the festivities. Since Baird is racing superstar in New Zealand, it was only customary that he would be the one to set the first official time. He was crowned champion of New Zealand Formula Atlantic Championship 3 consecutive times, as well as the New Zealand Touring Car Championship titles four consecutive times. Baird was also awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours 2010, for services to Motorsport.

The legend of New Zealand Motorsports wasted no time to unleash the fury of the McLaren on the track, check out the video below.

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