Christchurch gearing-up for driving champs
ATTENTION CANTERBURY TRUCKIES! THE second regional heat for the 2017 New Zealand Truck Driving Championship is to take place at the A&P Showgrounds in Christchurch on Sunday May 14. Organised by RTANZ Region 4, the Christchurch competition is open to all to enter – association members and non-members alike – and is absolutely free!
Last year’s Christchurch competition was one of the best attended and most competitive in the country – and the organiser says that this year’s event is shaping up to be even better.
All class winners will qualify for the NZ Championship final, which is to be held in conjunction with the Road Transport Forum Annual Conference at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on November 10/11. Drivers who qualify for the final will have all their travel and accommodation paid for.
For those drivers who want a head-start on their competitors, the RTF website includes a list of all possible theory questions (but not answers) that could be used in the championship.
Of these, 60 questions will be chosen at random and used at each of the regional competitions and the national championship final. This is part of an effort by the organising committee to make the theory component of the competition more educational and less daunting for drivers.
Studying for the theory test, it says, is an extremely good way for drivers to update their technical knowledge – whether or not they enter the competition.
The pre-trip inspection and the course for the practical part of the competition aim to test drivers on all aspects of vehicle knowledge and driving skill and will, as closely as possible, resemble what competitors will face at the national final. Drivers can therefore be assured of consistency across the regional heats.
Says RTANZ Region 4: “So, if you think you have what it takes and want the opportunity to qualify for the national championship final – and a shot at a share of the $10,000 prize pool – then contact Region 4’s Simon Carson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and get your entry in. Entry forms are also available on the RTF website.
Other regional heats will be held in the Auckland/Northland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty and Otago/Southland regions later in the year. Drivers are encouraged to enter and to keep in touch with their local association and to check the RTF website for dates and venues.
The NZ Truck Driving Championship is once again supported by TR Group/Master Drive Services as the event’s major sponsors – and by EROAD, the sponsor of the Young Driver of the Year category.