ClubSport offers family fun for the Fitchett boys

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The Fitchett family (from left) James, Ryan and Matt, with their Subaru Legacy are ready for Round 4 of the Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship at Teretonga Park on Sunday. Photo: Supplied

ROUND 4 of the 2020/2021 Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship takes place on Sunday at Teretonga Park, and the Fitchett family of Mokotua are sure to be among the competitors.

Matt Fitchett and his family are dairy farmers at Mokotua and last year a flyer promoting the Southland Sports Car Club’s entry level ClubSport events arrived home from college with one of his sons.

Having two sons, James (who was then 14 years old) and Ryan (12) who were keen petrolheads, meant Matt gave clubsport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell a call prior to the start of the 2019/2020 season.

James and Ryan duly lined up in the Evolution Motorsport car which was available for hire to contest their first motorkhana, a series of events around coned courses run against the clock.

The family soon had a car of their own to use, a Renault Clio which was quickly joined by a Subaru Legacy.

The family quickly expanded their involvement as the boys progressed into contesting both motorkhanas and autocross events before the end of their first season.

Autocross involved more speed and higher safety requirements.

With the boys getting fully involved, Matt also started competing. The Clio was soon replaced by a Mitsubishi Diamante.

“I wanted something with a little bit more grunt but the Mitsi was a little big so we are looking for something smaller for the cones,” Matt said.

Despite only becoming involved a little more than a year ago, the family are fully committed to clubsport.

“It is really good to do it with the boys,” Matt said.

“They love it and there is plenty of competition between them.

‘‘The benefits of driving in a controlled environment while learning car control is a bonus too. Everyone is easy to get along with at the events too.”

Round 4 takes place on Sunday and the SSCC welcomes any newcomers who want to take part, or even just come and see what the sport was about. Drivers as young
as 12 could have a go with parental consent. Entry fee for the motorkhana is $25 and autocross $40 with a small hire fee for the Evolution Motorsport club car
of $20.
To find out more, contact clubsport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell on 021 666 956 or malcolm.mitchell67@gmail.com.

— Lindsay Beer is the Southland SportsCar Club publicity officer

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