The Auckland 500, also known as the ITM 500 Auckland, is a major V8 Supercar motor racing event that is raced under Super Sprint conditions. Widely recognised as a successor to the long running Pukekohe 500, the Auckland 500 was traditionally held early in the V8 Supercar Championship. However, in 2015 it was moved to early November. The event is currently the only round of the Championship held outside of Australia, however it hasn’t always been staged at its current venue, Pukekohe Racecourse. From 2008 to 2012, New Zealand’s V8 Supercar races were contested around the streets of Hamilton, and the race was known as the Hamilton 400. The event’s inauguration came in 2001.
Greg Murphy remains the most successful driver in Auckland 500 history, winning it four times in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. For the first two winning drives, Murphy was behind the wheel of Kmart Racing Team’s Holden VX Commodore. In 2003, Murphy reigned supreme in Kmart Racing Team’s Holden VY Commodore, before returning again in 2005 to dominate the field in Paul Weel Racing’s Holden VZ Commodore. Only once has a Ford won in Auckland, and that victory came in 2014 when Mark Winterbottom produced a flawless performance.
The winner of the Auckland 500 is presented with the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy. Jason Richards was one of the greatest V8 drivers to come from New Zealand. Richards tragically lost his battle with cancer in 2011 at the tender age of 35, just over a year after being diagnosed with the condition.
|2015||JAMIE WHINCUP||TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING||HOLDEN VF COMMODORE|
|2014||MARK WINTERBOTTOM||FORD PERFORMANCE RACING||FORD FG FALCON|
|2013||JASON BRIGHT||BRAD JONES RACING||HOLDEN VF COMMODORE|
|2007||RICK KELLY||HSV DEALER TEAM||HOLDEN VE COMMODORE|
|2006||MARK SKAIFE||HOLDEN RACING TEAM||HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE|
|2005||GREG MURPHY||PAUL WEEL RACING||HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE|
|2004||JASON BRIGHT||PAUL WEEL RACING||HOLDEN VY COMMODORE|
|2003||GREG MURPHY||KMART RACING TEAM||HOLDEN VY COMMODORE|
*Race was not held between 2008-2012.