The Bruce Mclaren mo­tor­sport club

South Waikato News - - Mo­tor­ing - DANIEL HUTCHINSON

So you want to be a race car driver? Well now you can.

Taupo’s Bruce Mclaren Mo­tor­sport Park now has a club peo­ple can join, giv­ing them ac­cess to races.

The park is New Zealand’s only in­ter­na­tion­ally rated mo­tor­sport track and the club is de­signed to help peo­ple get in­volved with mo­tor­sport.

If peo­ple join as a vol­un­teer via the Mar­shals reg­is­ter, then mem­ber­ship to the club is free. Oth­er­wise it is $75 for the first year and $50 a year there­after.

Gen­eral mem­ber­ship is open to any­one who wants to gain driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, or en­ter the many race events held at the track. Gen­eral mem­ber­ship has track day and garag­ing dis­count ben­e­fits and a club room fa­cil­ity. There is also the Premier mem­ber­ship which in­cludes un­lim­ited event, track ac­cess, garag­ing and a pri­vate lounge.

The Cir­cuit Club is a Mo­tor­sport NZ af­fil­i­ated club through which mem­bers can ap­ply for the race li­cens­ing nec­es­sary to com­plete in MNZ per­mit­ted events.

The Cir­cuit Club for­ma­tion cre­ates a New Zealand first with a multi-sport reg­is­ter cater­ing for cars, bikes, drift/burnout and drag rac­ing in­ter­ests.

Also, set to start later this month is the cir­cuit’s Driver Train­ing Academy.

‘‘This is a very ex­cit­ing part of the pack­age as we want to be able to help all-com­ers with tech­ni­cal driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’’ said Tony Walker, ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Bruce Mclaren Mo­tor­sport Park.

‘‘This is not just about rac­ing it’s about help­ing peo­ple at an in­tro­duc­tory level to un­der­stand how to be­come part of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, to un­der­stand what hap­pens when you want a car to go around a cor­ner, and how to stop it, in a hurry if need be. Our re­search shows the many peo­ple don’t know how to op­er­ate ABS brak­ing prop­erly, and as a re­sult they of­ten hit the very thing ABS is de­signed to help them avoid’’.

The Academy will also run mo­tor­sport in­tro­duc­tory pro­grammes for those wishing to be­come in­volved in events or just to play around in the many track days the com­plex runs through­out the year.

Plans are also un­der­way for a pro­gramme of ‘‘over 60s’ track days’’ aimed at keep­ing the older gen­er­a­tion sharp on the roads and an open track day is planned for the early part of spring.

DANIEL HUTCHINSON

Action at the His­toric Grand Prix at Bruce Mclaren Mo­tor­sport Park in Jan­uary.

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