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Highlands 501

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THE HIGHLANDS 501: 10 - 12 NOVEMBER 2017

A world-class motor racing event at one of New Zealand's world-class motor racing facilities as the fantastic Highlands 101 returns for its fifth year in November 2017 as the Highlands 501!

The Highlands 101 will be the Highlands 501 in 2017 and the event will take place over the weekend of November 11/12. Tony Quinn and the AGT category management have decided to change from a 101 lap race to a 501km race, so essentially adding another 100 km in distance and sending teams back to the drawing board to work on a strategy that will see them have to pit three times and manage fuel differently. The change will certainly give spectators a whole lot more to look forward to.

The Hampton Downs 101 will also change to the Hampton Downs 500, which will be raced over 500 kilometres to create the New Zealand 1001.

“The 101 brand has been a huge success but next year we’re going bigger and better with the New Zealand 1001,” says Quinn. “We’ve been doing the 101 in Highlands for four years now so the teams have got used to the strategy. I like to keep moving the bar and I like to challenge people and this will certainly shake things up in the Australian GT Championship.”

“The new format will add roughly 20 laps to each race which may not sound a lot but it means there will be a third pitstop and two driver changes which will mean a change in strategy for the teams - and more action for the fans!

GT cars are built to do 24 hour endurance races and at the Highlands 101, the fastest lap of the race was set on the penultimate lap by Kiwi driver, Dominic Storey.

“The cars are only getting going after 101 laps,” said Quinn.

Support categories will take to the track between the AGT sessions and there will be the mega family zone, exhibits and experiences for all ages and family interests.

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In true Highlands' style, the weekend will feature a wonderful array of top class entertainment on and off the track, including a great range of fun kids’ activities on the top terrace, as usual an amazing selection of food and refreshment vendors in key spectator areas.

A very special feature of the Highlands facility is the free buses operating around the full circuit, allowing families to experience our Jurassic Park-style adventure playground. What secret treasures and scary dinosaurs can you find in the Highlands Forest? It’s easy to get there – simply catch the Highlands bus which runs every 15 minutes right round the circuit providing access to all spectator areas and the adventure play area.

Results - Click here to see the 2017 501 results

Schedule - Click here for the Spectator schedule 

Live timing - TBC

Entry lists - will be posted here when they are available. 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!  Click here to book.

Friday, 10 Nov: Competitor practice sessions. View from the top terrace with a Museum entry ticket, or a weekend pass. Highlands' activities such as go-karts and museum are operating as usual, but there will be none of our usual track activities operating today right through until Monday.

Saturday, 11 Nov: Event tickets are required. Free pit-lane walk. Go-karts operating as usual.

Sunday, 12 Nov: Event tickets are required. Free pit-lane walk. Go-karts operating as usual.

Tickets are available at the gate both days of the Highlands 501 race weekend.

Children (under 16 free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Corporate Hospitality Packages - ON SALE NOW

Email Amy Stuart for your corporate options functions@highlands.co.nz 


Click the map below to download a PDF of the circuit showing traffic directions, parking, spectator areas and more.

Highlands 101 circuit map + spectator areas web


Transport is available from the Victoria Arms Tavern and The Golden Gate. Please call 03 4454052 to get further details.

Please note: No alcohol to be brought into the venue.


Click here for the Entry forms and click here for the Supplementary Regulations.

Click here for the 2017 Australian GT Cams Endurance Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations 

Click here for the 2017 Australian GT Endurance Championship Further Supplementary Regulations 


There will be a dedicated area for self contained motor homes at the Highlands 501 event. 

If you would like more information please contact Paula on marketing@highlands.co.nz or click here


If you would like to be a Food Vendor at Highlands 501, please contact Paula on marketing@highlands.co.nz.