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Saturday, 31 July 2021

This year our annual Southern Driver Training Day will be held again at Levels Raceway, Timaru on 31 July.  Driver Training has several components.  In the morning, after you register and the cars are scrutineered for safety, we have a Drivers Safety Briefing and a classroom session conducted by our Chief Instructor. This is followed by a series of exercises on the track  (braking exercise, a slalom exercise and short circuit instruction). Last year we did several grass gymkhana runs too. (This is dependent on the weather, the number of drivers and instructors.)  Then in the afternoon, “one on one” full circuit instruction with licensed race drivers.

We can accommodate two drivers using one car as long as both drivers have pre-registered.

This event is not just for Porsche sports cars and certainly not just for faster drivers.  We believe every driver would benefit from a Driver Training day, as you will learn skills that will make you a safer driver, and possibly keep you from harm on the road. There is no pressure to drive at speeds beyond what you are comfortable with, but equally you will have the opportunity to hone your driving skills and see just what your vehicle is capable of.  In the past, in addition to the various Porsche models,  we have had a variety of different makes and models of cars including a Lotus Exige and a Ford Explorer complete with Ski Box.  We would love to see some more Porsche SUVs and Panameras.

Last year, we had a ladies only group; so ladies, when doing laps on the full circuit during the afternoon, you won't be monstered by males hooning in their faster cars!  As long as we have enough ladies register, we will have a Ladies Only group for the afternoon runs again this year.

In past years, many of us stay overnight the nights before and after the event and we have rooms set aside at the Benvenue Hotel.  Interestingly, the rate offered is no better than that offered on their website and slightly better rates are on Trip Adviser.  We also organise a dinner at the Benvenue on the Saturday night and all drivers and spectators are encouraged to attend for a typical PCNZ fun evening.

We are limited to 30 drivers so we suggest that you register early on the website.  A Waitlist will be run after the first 30 members register.

20 April update: Registrations are now full so a waitlist has been started.

Event Details:

To attend the event, you must have the following:

  • Driver must have a full current NZ driver’s license
  • Driver must be a paid up member of Porsche Club NZ, (or spouse or family under age 18)
  • Vehicle must have a current Registration, Warrant of Fitness and the vehicle must meet WoF standards on the day
  • Vehicle must not be a competition vehicle or sport racing stickers or numbers
  • Vehicle must not exceed normal WoF noise levels
  • Drivers required to BYO crash helmet complying to the appropriate standards, and either racing overalls or cotton overalls.  Details of Helmet Standards and official Entry Form and Supplementary Regs (required by Motorsport NZ) will be sent to members on registration.

Venue:  Levels Raceway, Falveys Road, Washdyke, Timaru

Start:  Saturday 31 July at 8.30 am for scrutineering

Cost:  $185 per driver and $30 per spectator

Accommodation: Contact Benvenue Hotel directly to book - ph: 03 688 4049 – ref Porsche Club

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