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Hi there,

Last month I attended the annual FIA Sport Conference in Munich, Germany. There was good debate on a number of issues affecting our sport globally and a number of matters which will, over the next few weeks, be considered by the MSNZ Executive.

Staying with Germany, 20-year-old Mitch Evans snared one of the most stunning wins you’ll ever witness last weekend, rocketing from 15th on the grid to claim the GP2 feature race at Hockenheim. This victory follows his very first GP2 win at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago and he now sits fifth overall in the standings.

There’s been plenty of success from other young drivers on the international stage this month, too, with James Munro, Richie Stanaway, Earl Bamber and Hayden Paddon all flying the Kiwi flag proudly.

All of these stars are graduates of our annual Elite MotorSport Academy, which ran another fantastic week’s programme in Dunedin this month. Formula Ford Championship winner Jamie Conroy capped off a remarkable year by finishing top of this year’s class, to claim the Ian Snellgrove Trophy. Ian would have been pleased to see another young driver with immense promise take the honours.

History was made in the NZRC recently, when Richard Mason clinched his record-breaking fifth championship with a clinical win at Rally Wairarapa. Richard and co-driving wife Sara have been one of the most dominant teams in any sport on home turf for some time now and their latest achievement reinforces their position among the Kiwi sporting elite – congratulations on a magnificent achievement.

Although the championship is all wrapped up, the fight for podium spots is as tight as ever, so expect some more tremendous rallying in the final two events – the penultimate round is the Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel on 23 August.

The technical team at MSNZ have also been busy. Starting next month, they will be running scrutineer training workshops around the country – if you’re a scrutineer, or want to become one, please get in contact to find out when they’re coming to a town near you.


Shayne Harris

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