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