Auckland V8 volunteers win again

Volunteers working on New Zealand’s largest annual motorsport event, the ITM 500 Auckland V8 Supercars Race, have taken out the ‘Best Volunteer Group Award’ for the second year in a row.
Billie Douglas
The award was presented at the annual V8 Supercars Gala Awards Dinner in Sydney on Monday, December 7. It was judged by V8 Supercars race directors and stewards, who rate volunteers at each of the 16 events on V8 Supercars Australia’s annual race calendar.
The criteria for the award included aspects of professionalism of race control, administration and flag marshals, and speed of vehicle recovery from the track in the event of an accident. James Warburton, V8 Supercars CEO, congratulated the volunteers.
“We couldn’t run the ITM 500 Auckland without the hard work and cooperation of our volunteers. Their commitment, professionalism, and courteous and friendly manner are a vital part of creating a worldclass event for fans.” More than 500 volunteers worked on the ITM 500 Auckland V8 Supercars, held at the Pukekohe Park Raceway in November.
Brett O’Riley, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Chief Executive, credits taking the award for the second year running to the passion and professionalism of the volunteers.
ATEED, who invests $1 million in sponsorship annually to the V8 Super Cars events, accepted the award on Auckland’s behalf.
Andrew Baker, Franklin Local Board Chair, says the consecutive awards reflect the sense of camaraderie and willingness to pitch in of the region’s close knit community. He also attributes them to the region’s commitment to motor racing. Pukekohe is New Zealand’s spiritual home of motor racing, and that is reinforced each year when hundreds of Pukekohe and Franklin locals step up to help make the event the huge success it is. “We look forward to welcoming the V8 Supercars back in 2016.”

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