Christchurch gear­ing-up for driv­ing champs

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Big Test -

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 (scar­ 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.


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