Mo­tor­ing club is a path to rac­ing

Taupo Times - - MOTORING - DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON

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 get more peo­ple out on the track and in­volved with mo­tor­sport.

For vol­un­teer join­ing via the Mar­shals reg­is­ter, club mem­ber­ship 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 race events at the track. Gen­eral mem­ber­ship has track day and garag­ing dis­count ben­e­fits and a club room fa­cil­ity. Pre­mier mem­ber­ship 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.

An­other ini­tia­tive 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 run mo­tor­sport in­tro­duc­tory pro­grammes and plans are un­der­way for ‘‘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.

‘‘We aim to en­sure Bruce McLaren Mo­tor­sport Park is at the fore­front of the fu­ture of mo­tor­sport and this is some­thing our team are al­ways look­ing to im­prove every week, so watch this space!’’.

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Bruce McLaren’s Mo­tor­sport Park hosts hun­dreds of ro­tary ear­lier this year.

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