Hidden deep within any of local tier one meetings, the long-standing Gold Star Clubsport Championship and the even longer running Motorkhana Championship remain on the New Zealand calendar. It is the very entry level of the sport and, along with beginner’s karting, provides a wonderful baptism to motorsport without the risk of over spending.

The three Clubsport categories, along with motorkhana, involve autocross, bent sprints and hill climbs. All are run away from public glare and provide competitors the opportunity to test, rate and improve their driving skills.

For Kaiapoi’s Kevin Hocken, the decision to stick with clubsport activity and find a comfortable spot with his Mini Moke is a story that might have ordinarily slipped under the radar. However, it is a story worth telling.

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