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Old 31 Oct 2016, 01:13 (Ref:3684164)   #91
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Yes all good in theory but there is zero 2degrees or Vodafone coverage there. Might have something to do with the prison down the road.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 03:06 (Ref:3684183)   #92
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When did TV3 last cover a motor race? It looked like they were a bit rusty.

Some of the in-car or behind-car cam work was not as sharp as the V8SC meetings (they must have some good video gear)
Maybe some positioning of the microphones could changed or added to if they do the coverage next year.

Otherwise it was ok for the number of cameras/ equipment they had.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 05:27 (Ref:3684192)   #93
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When did TV3 last cover a motor race? It looked like they were a bit rusty.

Some of the in-car or behind-car cam work was not as sharp as the V8SC meetings (they must have some good video gear)
Maybe some positioning of the microphones could changed or added to if they do the coverage next year.

Otherwise it was ok for the number of cameras/ equipment they had.
To be fair, TV3 and their crew are working at probably a tenth of the cost of what Supercars production value is. From my brief viewing, it all looks like it was pretty decent quality. Not to dissimilar from the usual Hampton Downs coverage we get for other events, but good enough for a first time event this size.

Interesting to note some of the comments saying there were 20,000 people there. Not sure if those are official ticket numbers, but the crowd looked spread around. Can't say whether it was or wasn't the biggest crowd ever seen there. I imagine the V8 SuperTourers first meeting or WRC super special stage were on par.

What did we all thinking of the marketing for the weekend? I felt it was okay, but all I saw were billboards with Hampton Downs 101, a date, and a car. Not that Joe Blog has any idea what any of that could mean. Perhaps it could've been promoted better. Supercar style even with the cars going up the Queen Street or something.

If old mate Quinn wants this to be the biggest event in the country, he's going to have to put a helluva lot more effort into getting some of the more casual racing people to fork out $80 for a Sunday drive out to Hampton Downs.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 08:06 (Ref:3684208)   #94
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Judging by the interview with TQ, he knows that there are some aspects that could be better. He is a realist after all. I totally agree that a couple of well placed screens would be useful, but there has been a lot of private money thrown at the track. It hasn't received a cent of Government or council money, unlike Pukekohe, which is arguably, no better than before they threw some money at it.

There is still no traffic tunnel or bridge and the paddock at larger entry meetings is split between inner and outer - a total nightmare when trying to communicate with drivers who may be running a car in two classes and the need for two dummy grids and extra manpower to organize them. Very limited trailer parking and minimal toilet facilities in the paddock.

HD will I am sure, continue to improve, but the damage done to local motorsport by the minimal grids - televised for several years - hurt the sport more than most seem to realise. Personally, and feel free to differ, but I believe we have almost lost a generation of potential spectators, because what was on offer was not really worth televising.

I'd agree that maybe the numbers have been higher at a couple of earlier meetings, but having free access to the paddock is a huge plus. The 'log' benches scattered around for seating seemed to be appreciated, though like Goodwood with 50,000 people a day, many will take their own camp chairs anyway.

I'm not sure what the immediate future plans are at HD, (they keep changing) but Pukekohe is still first and foremost, a horse track, owned by the horse people, which is a shame, as there would be huge potential if it was a genuine Motorsport venue.

I haven't had an issue with Vodafone at HD on my $30 phone - not that I ever use it other than to let my wife know I am on the way home.
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I understand that while the new section of the track was a welcome addition, part of it was uneven and bounced the lighter cars around. Evidently TQ is aware of this and no doubt it will be soon sorted.
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I'd be very interested in what others think about the extended track.

Not having driven the new part, my observation as a spectator may or may not be relevant.

Firstly, the new extension is effectively out of bounds to spectators, at the moment anyway, other than maybe the corner where the new joins the old, so the spectator experienced hasn't really been enhanced.

Secondly, having 6 lap races instead of the 8 on the National track, effectively denies spectators the opportunity to see the cars as often.

In an endurance race, this probably isn't much of an issue, so maybe the future is very much the National circuit, which for my money is stunning to drive and great for taking photographs. Probably not ideal for spectators wanting to see a lot of the track from one position.

The extended track certainly saw more minor panel damage in one of our series races, than we'd had over the last three seasons, but that is probably just racing.

With 43 cars in a handicap race, on a new track, maybe some drivers weren't using their mirrors as much as they should have...
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