KartSport Taranaki transforms into “Motorsport Park”

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A long-time vision of some committee members at KartSport Taranaki materialised into reality last weekend, as the Todd Energy Raceway served host to Round 3 of the NZ Jet Sprint Championship Series at the Methanex Aquatrack. 

The best of NZ’s jet sprinting arrived for a weekend in the sun supported by over 5,200 members of the public who were thrilled by a display of skill, tenacity and raw horsepower.  Peter Caughey, a worldwide icon of the sport was the overall winner in the Open Superboat class, reserved for massive cheque books to run these fire-breathing, supercharged big block, methanol guzzling monsters.  

The speed, spectacle and smells were second-to-none, similar to a drag racing/rallycross meeting on water.  Promoter Leighton Minnell headed his talented organising committee and was tasked with designing and building the course right next to the kart track.  This involved significant personal time and financial investment, with a view to the track being a permanent fixture as part of the annual NZ Championship Series.  

Feedback to date has been outstanding, with KartSport Taranaki providing the café and corporate area services and pits for the competitors.  The club displayed the “Have-A-Go” karts and already interest from the public in trying karting is growing.  

This event was a huge success, with credit falling directly on the shoulders of Leighton Minnell, Steve Boyde of KartSport Taranaki and the vision and enthusiasm of the KartSport Taranaki committee to provide an opportunity to increase the profile of kart racing and motorsport in general.  

This exercise demonstrates that anything is possible with some dedication, drive and enthusiasm. KartSport Taranaki has proved it is possible with some out-of-the-box thinking.

Photo Credit:  Leith Robertson Sports Photography

Report from Robert Boniface, KartSport Taranaki





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