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Letter To Kartsport Members - Jan 2018

Dear Kartsport Nelson Members

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and New Year’s. With 2017 being so successful and Kartsport Nelson winning Club of the Year I thought it’d be a good idea to keep the ball rolling and keep everyone in the loop as to what the club and committee have planned for 2018.

Firstly, I’d like to welcome all the new member’s that have joined Kartsport Nelson in the past few months, our membership is still building and all the hard work we have put into promoting KartSport is paying off.

I’d really like to thank all the members that have stepped up over the past 12 months and helped within the club, the running of the club really couldn’t happen without your efforts.

As most of you are aware, we have been trying to get funding to reseal the track. We have had a few failed attempts so far, but we refuse to give up on this because the track is in desperate need of it. If anyone has any ideas of how we can raise the funds, please let someone on the committee know so we can investigate it.

Last year we got a lot done tidying up the image of our club and I must thank everyone that helped with those working bees, but we have only got through half of the jobs that we needed to do so we will continue working on that for 2018. Some of the bigger jobs that we need to attack are moving the fence and flag point by the sweeper off the back straight (making it safer and user friendly for the mower), Painting the club rooms, staining the deck and replacing the clear light roof. We will be having working bees for this in the near future.

To run our club, we are always reliant on volunteers’, whether it’s to run the tower, gate, starter, mow the lawns, official, committee or working bees and we are very grateful for the people who give up their time just, so we can go racing. We are still currently looking for volunteers to help with jobs at our race days, so if you have a friend or family member that would like to help please let someone on the committee know so that we can assist them to get the training they require. Again, I would like to thank the people who do put a lot of time and effort into KartSport Nelson, without you guys we just wouldn’t be able to go racing.

The club has also taking on the role of promoting and running the Mainland Series, we felt it has the potential to be a great series if it was promoted differently and had great prizes up for grabs. Please keep an eye and an ear out for more information in the upcoming months.

Our Club is hosting a Kartsport training weekend with Chris Cox on the 24th and 25th of Feb. On the Saturday will be the introduction course (designed for new members and club drivers) and on Sunday we will be running the Hot Shots course (which is for the Tier 2 and Tier 1 drivers). Each course costs $200 per person and you can enter online via the KSNZ website or contract Dee Workman. These courses are very helpful for taking karting to the next level and lifting your skill level.

A reminder that push back bumpers and rear bumpers are becoming a requirement for all permitted events this this year so if your planning on doing any please make sure you have these on your kart before you go.

As some of you might already know KartSport New Zealand are now charging all clubs a $10 levy per driver per club day and $30 per driver at permitted events. The reason for this is to pay for a fulltime position at KartSport New Zealand to help run KartSport events and promotion. The committee were forced with a decision whether to raise club day prices to cover this new levy, but felt that because we raised it last year it wasn’t a good idea to do it two years in a row, so we are keeping it at $50 and the Club is going to take the hit this year for this new levy instead of from our competitors’ pockets.

Also, a reminder that the first round of the 2018 Marlborough Twilight Series kicks off on the 20th of January 2018 and they really need our support. This year we have our club days back to back with the Twilight Series to take full advantage of the Christchurch drivers who may like to travel up. This gives travelling drivers the opportunity to race at two different tracks on the same weekend.

Unfortunately, our trophies from our end of year prize giving were stuck in transit (delayed due to Christmas freight), so we will be having a small prize giving ceremony at the end of Round 1 of Club Points this Sunday along with the Dunlop tyre draw for those that have pre-entered.

It’s great to see so many of you guys starting to use online entries now. As you have probably already noticed this speeds up the signing in process for yourself and the officials on the day. For those of you that haven’t used it yet I suggest you try it and see for yourself how easy it is. If you’re having trouble or want someone to talk you

Have a great year’s racing and I hope to see you at the track.

Yours faithfully

Kevin Barker

Kartsport Nelson President