PPG recently hosted a New Zealand V8 Drivers Night as the Supercars series headed to Pukekohe Park circuit for the last time.
Around 110 invited guests gathered at PPG’s refinish headquarters and training centre in Auckland where they were welcomed by MC Mike Howe and PPG NZ Business Manager Jonathon Carter. Sixteen drivers, representing seven teams, spent time talking to the crowd, posing for photos, and signing posters and other memorabilia.
The participating teams and drivers were:
- Walkinshaw Andretti United: Chaz Mostert, Nick Percat, and Fabian Coulthard
- Tickford Racing: Cameron Waters and Jake Kostecki
- Brad Jones Racing: Andre Heimgartner, Bryce Fullwood, and Macauley Jones
- Dick Johnson Racing: Anton DePasquale and Will Davison
- Matt Stone Racing: Todd Hazelwood
- Erebus Motorsport: Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki
- Grove Racing: Dave Reynolds, Lee Holdsworth, and Matthew Payne
The drivers were invited onto the stage where they provided entertaining and enlightening answers to questions from Howe and the crowd. The guests were also in the running to win one of seven door prizes.
Following the drivers visit, guests had a live demonstration of PPG’s MoonWalk system which highlighted the advantages of the automated dispensing technology. Additionally, PPG New Zealand Training Manager Alan Gibbons gave an overview of the revamped PPG Auckland Training Centre, which includes a new booth, double prep bay, tint / mixing room and other state-of-the-art equipment. The centre is now delivering a variety of training courses to support the industry.
Over the race weekend, PPG conducted pit tours, giving guests a rare insight behind the scenes. Despite Pukekohe Park now ending motor sport activities, PPG said it will continue to “celebrate its connection” to the New Zealand championship round when Supercars appoints a new circuit.