Youth participation welcomed in championship

14-year-old Ryan Fitchett at the recent Evolution Motorsport Clubsport Triathlon. Photo: Ron Veint

THE opening round of the Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship will take place at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, on Sunday.

Hosted by the Southland Sports Car Club (SSCC), ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell was “rapt” with the number of young drivers becoming involved in the sport.

Mitchell said he was stoked with the number of young people coming along, giving it a crack, having so much fun and wanting to come back and bringing friends with them”.

Drivers as young as 12 could compete in ClubSport with parental or guardian consent, and at the non-championship round last month it was 14-year-old Ryan Fitchett, who has only been competing for one season, who won the Sealed Motorkhana in the Renault Clio used by his family for ClubSport events.

Motorkhana will take place on Sunday with sign-in from 8.30am till 9am, with a 9.30am start. Autocross will be held in the afternoon with sign-in from noon to 12.45pm with a 1pm start.

Motorkhana was the perfect place to have a go at entry level motorsport with coned courses where participants competed against the clock.

Cars were available for beginners to use.

Spectators were welcome to view the action and find out more about ClubSport. Admission to watch was free.

For more information on ClubSport or about using one of the cars available for the event, phone SSCC ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell on 21 666 956 or text

  • Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer

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