Motorsport revving up

Cromwell club at­tracts novice mo­tocross rid­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA DAWE

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.

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