Hayden Paddon will be in action at Kohatu this weekend. (File photo)
National rally champion Hayden Paddon is set to take to the Nelson Car Club track at a new motorsport event this weekend in Kohatu Park, south of Nelson.
Carey Harwood of the Nelson Car Club said that while the World Rally Championship star’s Hyundai i20 AP4 rally car didn’t quite fit the rules for the inaugural Miter 10 MEGA Nelson Bowater Hyundai King of Kohatu, Paddon was about to complete the demonstration races.
Harwood also hoped he could convince Paddon to “do a race or two” in one of the motorcycle-powered single-seater Cross Cars, which should be a favorite among spectators.
Enthusiasts will also be able to see Paddon on Friday from 6 p.m., when cars and drivers are expected to be ahead of Miter 10 MEGA in Nelson for technical inspections and the show.
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Harwood said the race was due to start around 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with Kohatu’s first king crowned around 4 p.m. Sunday.
Competition machines would include specially designed competition cars in their various classes – 4WD, 2WD and under 1300cc – as well as a class for unmodified road cars, and newer Cross Cars.
Committee member Mark Kibble compared Cross Cars, which are relatively new to New Zealand, to “rockets”.
“They sound great, they are fine,” Kibble said. They are really good for the spectators.
Harwood said they were light, spinning at 15,000 rpm. “The sound of that on our trail in the valley is going to be something else.”
Entries for the event included Stuart Weeber of Christchurch driving his ex-Possum Bourne Subaru and Jason Clark of Marlborough fresh off his victory in the Tyreworld Richmond Phil Fiddymont Rally Sprint at the Nelson Car Club in his Mitsubishi Lancer .
Other cars to watch out for include Neville Kidd in his Honda-powered Ford Escort, Motueka’s Ashton Wood in his Masport Ford Escort, and father and son team Jeff and Ollie Ward leading a team of six. people from Semog Bravo Cross Cars.
Brothers DJ and Nathan Musk were entered in the unmodified road car category with their Mercedes 500 while Taylor Devine was the favorite in his Nissan Primera.
Kibble said spectators were welcome with a donation of gold coins for entry. A team from Tapawera Area School would be at the gate and direct people to the parking spots.
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Kohatu Park Chairman and Trustee Garry Adcock, left, with his son and trusted member Aaron Adcock at the motorsport and adventure park site. Video first published in January 2020.
The gravel access road to Kohatu Park from Motueka Valley Road had been improved and was suitable for an “average road car”, but had blind turns and a speed limit of 30 km / h . Kibble urged drivers to be careful.
The spectator area was safe and on a bank above the track. “You can see everything. “
Kibble said he hopes the King of Kohatu event will become an annual event on the motorsport calendar.
Meanwhile, an online auction for a ride with Paddon around the track on Saturday raised $ 2,410 for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust, while an auction for a ride in the former Possum Bourne helped raise an additional $ 250.
Kibble said all money raised will go to the rescue helicopter trust. Trade Me had also gone on board, waiving the success fees and increasing the auction, he said.