Supercars star Scott McLaughlin has teamed with KartSport New Zealand to create a ‘Grand Prix’ charity event to raise funds for Kiwi karters.
Described by the Shell V-Power Racing ace as a way of saying thanks to the community where he started his career, the Scott McLaughlin Grand Prix will take place on November 6.
In a Pro-Am format, guests from the corporate world will team up with high-profile local athletes to complete a variety of driving challenges at the Hampton Downs race track, before a black-tie gala dinner.
The Hampton Downs track component will include time in karts and some exotic cars provided by the Giltrap Group.
Proceeds from the event will go to helping KartSport New Zealand fund and run its Driver Development Academy.
The Academy has been designed to provide a set of programs and coaching clinics to assist all members, from new entrants through club day racers to aspiring and existing elite international-level competitors.
"It’s my way, if you like, of saying thanks," explained McLaughlin.
"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."