Following the latest board meeting of MotorSport New Zealand Inc, please see below a summary of the key discussion items and decisions made.
- Wade Paterson, Chief Steward, attended the Board meeting and a number of items were discussed around the Rules Committee and the Stewards department including training, recruitment, and the up and coming National Stewards Meeting.
- A review of the Finances to the end of August was done and we are tracking better than expected against our revised budget with the Back in Motion package helping to deliverer more participants at most comparable events than during 2019. The effect on our 2020 finances and the impact of COVID-19 and the Back in Motion support package will continue to be monitored closely.
- A decision was made to support MotorSport New Zealand Championships for the next race and rally seasons and not charge Championship title fees for the 2020/21 season. Instead, the Accreditation Series fees will apply and this will again be reviewed again during the 2nd quarter of 2021.
- The server infrastructure behind MotorSport Online (Possum) is reaching the end of its life and a move to cloud-based technology has been identified as the best way to ensure longevity and increase its future usability. This upgrade will also unlock more potential in the system with future developments. $20,000 has been allocated to facilitate this.
- Great progress has been made on eSports in the past few weeks. There will be some further announcements due from the Board in the coming weeks around this. eSports is an exciting new phase of the sport moving forward.
- There are currently ongoing discussions with the promoter and various classes around the Summer Series calendar. We hope to be able to announce some further information around this in the next fortnight.
- Historic Sports Sedan Club has decided not to remain as a member club as they are joining with the Historic Racing Club.
- Management is continuing to investigate ways in which we can make improvements around the current Insurance Policy and other ways we can provide additional value to our members.
- A discussion was had around the 75th Anniversary which is in 2022 and ways in which the organisation can help events and clubs promote the anniversary.
- With the term of David Taylor coming to an end, the Board is seeking a new appointed Board member. Member clubs have been sent information for the nomination of an applicant. The deadline for nominations closes on 25 September 2020 and currently, 2 nominations have been received. If you would like to be considered please contact your club or email the Acting CEO for the application pack.
- Multi-Permit Events: The Board received a proposal from Management regarding the permit fees for multi-permitted events and to allow for only the highest permit fee to be charged. In light of the current impact COVID-19 is having and to provide a benefit to clubs who organise one day multi-permit events, there will now only be a charge of one permit fee which will be for the highest cost permit. A club will still be required to apply for the other permits as previously.
- With the departure of David Taylor from the Board, Scott O’Donnell will move to be Board liaison on Race Commission after spending 3 years with the Historic Advisory Commission. The current Board liaison appointments to Advisory Commissions are:
- Race Advisory Commission – Scott O’Donnell
- Rally Advisory Commission – Norman Oakley
- ClubSport Advisory Commission – Nick Hamlin
- Historic Advisory Commission – TBA
- Volunteer Advisory Commission – Deborah Day
- Women in MotorSport Advisory Commission – Deborah Day
- Youth Advisory Commission – Deborah Day
- As discussed during the 73rd AGM, the 74th MotorSport New Zealand Conference, AGM, and Awards Evening are to be held in Christchurch. We can now confirm that the date for the event is 21/22 May 2021.
- The Conference and 74th AGM will be held at the Rydges Latimer Christchurch on 21/22 May 2021
- The Awards Evening will be held at the Christchurch Art Gallery on the evening of 22 May 2021
- Additional information will follow soon around accommodation packages and the conference, however, if you have any specific topics that you would like to be considered to be included as a seminar please forward these to Morgen Dickson for consideration.
Wayne Christe | President
MotorSport New Zealand Inc.
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The year is moving fast and an update from us on MotorSport New Zealand operations, finances and projects is due given we have now completed the first quarter of the year. Of course towards the end of this quarter the world was turned upside down with COVID, so there is a lot to update you on.
BUSINESS AS USUAL?
Firstly we, like the whole country, have been affected by COVID-19 and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the incredible staff for how they have dealt with these challenges. We had already been transferring many of our processes online and had been working to reduce our dependence on old manual processes and paper. So, when the lockdown started the team immediately embraced working from home effectively and efficiently.
MotorSport New Zealand has made the decision to suspend all MotorSport New Zealand permitted events, at all levels, initially for two months in response to the fast-evolving COVID-19 situation, effective immediately until May 19th.
Following a meeting between MotorSport New Zealand Management and the Board, it was decided that the most important thing to consider amid COVID-19 was the safety and wellbeing of all members of our sport, those that offer their services at events, the community in general and spectators.
In making this significant decision, both Management and the Board hope that the sport might be able to return to some form of business as usual before the two month period in the event the COVID-19 situation shows signs of improvement.
Naturally, this suspension will be subject to ongoing review and advice from both the Ministry of Health and Government generally.
MotorSport New Zealand understands the financial impact COVID-19 will have on our Clubs and are actively investigating all avenues to ease the financial burden.
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Applications for the 2020 Elite MotorSport Academy of New Zealand are open. Young kiwi competitors who hold licences with MotorSport New Zealand and its affiliates are encouraged to put their names forward for the renowned elite training academy.
The academy has fostered young talent who regularly make headlines around the world for their achievements. Shane van Gisbergen, Hayden Paddon, Mitch Evans, Brendon Hartley, Richie Stanaway and more recently Marcus Armstrong have all received training through the academy.
Academy trustee David Turner praises the level of recognition the academy attracts internationally.
“We are incredibly pleased the Academy has done so much for so many of our great young talents that we have in the sport and that the FIA recognise just what we offer, which is more than many other countries.” said Turner.
“It’s amazing how quick the year passes us by, the current 2019 class are doing a great job and it’s going to be a great summer for so many of them. We are already thinking of the Class of 2020 and looking forward to seeing the applications come in.
“We urge young competitors to apply or talk to people that have attended the Academy and see just what they have to say and what it has done for them.”
Ronan Murphy, winner of the 2019 Elite Academy Camp and NZ Formula Ford racer also encourages young competitors to apply.
“The academy is about a whole lot more than driving.” said Murphy.
“They teach you things you wouldn’t even think are an important part of becoming a professional in this sport. A lot of people think it’s one big fitness camp but whilst that is one focus area, there is so much more on offer that you just can’t get anywhere else.
“Anyone young competitor who is serious about making a career in motorsport needs to be applying for the academy”
More information and the application form are available on the Academy page of MotorSport New Zealand’s website, www.motorsport.org.nz. Applications will close on March 13th 2020.
Finally, Turner reminds past applicants who were not selected should apply again for 2020.
“The big thing for everyone to remember is that if you have applied before that does not stop you from applying again so remember this, it could be one of the best decisions of your career.”
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