In two years, on November 25, 2023, it will be exactly ten years to the day when Highlands hosted the 101, its first race meeting at the circuit. To celebrate, the circuit is hosting a huge birthday event where it will give away a Lamborghini Huracan.
It’s the same car that hosts Hot Lap experiences at Hampton Downs, and while it can’t claim to have one lady owner or driven only on sunny Sundays, it’s still a superb piece of kit and a fantastic prize.
To win the Huracan, simply pre-purchase a ticket to the 10th-anniversary meeting. The full birthday party is currently scheduled to run between the 23rd and 26th of November 2023.
“I’ve tasked the team to come up with something out of the box for this event, and to show I mean business, I’ve put the Hampton’s Lamborghini in the prize pool,” said Tony Quinn, owner of Hampton Downs, Highlands, and Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo.
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“I’m determined that the prize pool will be the biggest New Zealand has seen – for competitors and for the public, as well ensuring there is plenty of action on and off the track – I can’t wait!”
The 10th anniversary Highlands 101 will also offer competitors the biggest prize pool seen in a New Zealand motorsport event, and once again feature a unique Le Mans start to the race.
Quinn added: “We brought back the Le Mans start when people told us it was a crazy idea. We made motorsport accessible again by inviting spectators to do a grid walk and get up close and personal to the cars and the drivers just before the start of the race, and we opened up the pits to everyone, not just corporate guests.
“It’s fair to say we’ve had some real highlights over the years.”
A host of other support racing and special celebrations will be unveiled closer to the event.
“We’ve proudly hosted the NZ Endurance Championship as our marquee event at Highlands for the last six years, focusing on championing NZ motorsport,” said Highlands CEO, Josie Spillane.
“It was only right that our tenth birthday showcases the very best of NZ stars and cars, with a few ‘invited’ Aussie cousins.”