An all-new motor racing-based charity event planned for later in the year, the Scott McLaughlin Grand Prix, is the Kiwi Supercars ace’s way of giving something back to where it all started for him – KartSport.
“It’s my way, if you like, of saying thanks,” the 25-year-old said from his adopted home across the Tasman this week. “Last year I felt honoured when I was asked if I would like to be made the Patron of the sport in NZ. I see my Grand Prix event in the same light. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been able to start racing karts in Hamilton back when I was a little tacker, so as far as I can see the more I can use the profile I now have to help the sport the better.”
Being put together by event management specialist Nick Rowland in association with Giltrap Group the Grand Prix event will be based in Auckland and held on the Tuesday (Nov 06) after the New Zealand round of this year’s Virgin Australia Supercars at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
The Pro-Am format will see guests from the corporate world team up with high-profile local sportsmen and women to complete a variety of challenges driving a selection of exotic cars from Giltrap Group during the day at Hampton Downs, then enjoy each other’ company at a gala black-tie charity dinner on the Tuesday evening.
The event itself starts with a meet-and-greet ‘Pre-Qualifying’ cocktail function at Giltrap Group’s new 119 Great North Road headquarters in Auckland on Monday November 05, then gets into gear proper on Tuesday Nov 6 ride down the Southern Motorway to Hampton Downs where participants will enjoy a ‘Rolling Start’ breakfast followed by the day’s driving activities before a ‘Victory Lap’ charity dinner at the Kauri Bay Boomrock, near Clevedon that evening.
Proceeds from the event will go to helping KartSport New Zealand fund and run its highly-rated Driver Development Academy.