Motorsport revving up
Cromwell club attracts novice motocross riders
With Cromwell’s new motorsport park putting the sport in the public eye, the Central Otago Motorcycle Club is taking the opportunity to branch out and raise its profile. Club president Ivan Taylor said Cromwell was becoming the ‘‘hub’’ of motorsport and the club was diversifying into all forms of motorsport to attract members. ‘‘We need to diversify and to promote what we’ve got here because we’ve got a great facility which some people don’t even know is here.’’ The club’s track is on Bannockburn Rd, in Cromwell, and the club’s members come from all over Central Otago, including from Wanaka and Queenstown, to make use of it. The club is hosting the Central Otago Motocross Championships on Sunday, which includes a new event aimed at giving non-club members a chance to compete. Mr Taylor said the clubman’s class was being introduced to allow anyone to compete without having to be registered club members. ‘‘It’s for anyone who wants to have a go, they can actually compete in a proper race,’’ he said. Competitors in the championships have to be registered with Motorcycling New Zealand and with their local club in order to compete, but the clubman’s class event was all about getting people involved in the sport who might then go on to join the club. There will be two clubman’s classes – mini and senior – with three races in each class, and anyone was welcome to enter. Those wanting to enter can find more information on the club’s website: comcc.co.nz.