Blokart champs breeze to San­son

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT - RICHARD MAYS

It may be ten­u­ous, but there is a con­nec­tion be­tween Team New Zealand’s Amer­ica’s Cup bid, and the North Is­land Blokart Open at San­son Do­main on SH1 this weekend.

The Manawatu Blokart Club’s Colin Cook said there will be 50 of the small, highly ma­noeu­vrable three-wheeled sin­gle-seat land yachts from around the coun­try com­pet­ing in five di­vi­sions over the three days.

The sealed area of the San­son Do­main has re­cently been ex­tended, in­creas­ing the sail­ing area by one third.

‘‘Blokarts can reach speeds of up to 90kmh, but on the San­son cir­cuit, they’ll only get up to about 50kmh.

‘‘It’ll be the first time the pub­lic will be able to see a na­tional blokart event, be­cause in the past, they’ve been held at Ohakea and peo­ple haven’t been able to get in to watch the rac­ing.’’

As in the Amer­ica’s Cup, there are pre-race ma­noeu­vres. But that isn’t the con­nec­tion.

‘‘Team NZ has six blokarts in Ber­muda they use for train­ing pur­poses.

‘‘Blokarts are the only sail­ing ‘ves­sel’ that can achieve speeds sim­i­lar to those reached by the Amer­ica’s Cup cats, though they are con­sid­er­ably cheaper and much eas­ier to han­dle,’’ Cook said.

The North Is­land Blokart Open is at San­son from 10am to 4pm, Satur­day to Mon­day.

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