3000 School students head for ITM 500 Auckland V8 Supercars

A record 3000 students representing 58 schools from Kaitaia in the far north down to Rotorua will get the exciting opportunity to taste the ITM 500 Auckland V8 Supercars in Pukekohe next week.

As part of the V8 Supercars Students On Track initiative, secondary, intermediate and primary school-aged children will be given a fascinating insight into this high-octane world of motorsport.

The students will take part in a series of educational activities when attending the opening day of the three-day motorsport festival at the Pukekohe Park Raceway.

Students will work on a range of topics including practical applications of physical education, mathematics, driver safety, tourism, event management, media studies, engineering, goal setting and teamwork.

The Students On Track programme aims to give the event a young focus and recognises that children are the future fans of V8 Supercars. It also gives them the chance to see how things learnt in the classroom translate to life on and around the race track and that the championship represents a realistic career option in the future.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said he is thrilled by the massive numbers attending and the widespread level of interest to see the ITM 500 Auckland – New Zealand’s biggest annual sporting event.

“It’s outstanding to see so many students coming to the event and many are travelling a significant distance to be part of this event,” said Warburton.

“It is an excellent initiative for students to see how the whole event plays out and see what is involved and really get an understanding of Australasia’s leading motorsport series.

“Students On Track is something that we pride ourselves on and V8 Supercars enjoy encouraging and sharing our career opportunities and educational experiences with students.”

Make sure you don’t miss out on the motorsport extravaganza – which is New Zealand’s sole stop on the V8 Supercars Championship. Tickets are on sale from as little as $30 with three-day trackside from $100 with children aged 12 and under free with a paying adult. Fanstands are only $180 for three days and Grandstands with paddock pass priced at $310.

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