Sitting up on the bank at Taupo’s Motorsport park with amazing views of the back and pit straights there is nowhere I’d rather be. The weather is holding out, the racing is fast paced and the photography opportunities are awesome. I’m surprised at the number of people here, especially as this event is competing for Taupo’s attention with the Dressage Championship, Erupt Lake Taupo’s Graffiato festival and Kinloch’s Market.
Kids cruise down behind the pit garages on retro scooters and skateboards. The Steaming Bean coffee cart has a huge line and everywhere I look I see motor sport fans enjoying themselves as that unique mix, the smell of petrol fumes and hot rubber fills the air.
This weekend features a variety of classes including the Porsche Racing NZ Championship, Vortex Racewear Formula First Championship, Super Mini Challenge and the Pre 65 Racing Saloons. I’ve got to admit I love watching the Formula First Championship. It’s a really tight class with rookie drivers fighting it out on track for a chance at a career in motor sport. This is where it all starts out.
It’s not just about Labour Weekend though. Taupo Motorsport Park hosts a variety of events including Powercruise and the BNT V8 Supertourers, they have days dedicated to drifting and MotoTT events as well as public and private track hire.