Manfeild's Trust board boss says he's happy with the way the inaugural TRS-based Grand Prix meeting at the Manawatu circuit has panned out
Manfeild Park Trust chairman Ben Vanderkolk is elated by the support for the weekend’s New Zealand Grand Prix meeting.
“The Manawatu community can feel extremely proud about this race meeting,” said Mr Vanderkolk.
We were delighted to see a big crowd of enthusiastic race fans turn out to view a fantastic race meeting today and yesterday.
“We also appreciated the huge level of support shown for the associated promotional activities held in Palmerston North and Feilding over the past five days.
“With recreational activities, a golf tournament, a dinner in Feilding, a breakfast in Palmerston North, a wonderful Friday night with Toyota New Zealand at which we celebrated the GP and one of its identities, Ken Smith .. and then, of course, the massive street party in Feilding last night.
“Everything went fantastically well.
“You could say the drivers and crews were ‘racing’ even before today’s New Zealand Grand Prix.”
The Trust, community organisations and Palmerston North-based Toyota New Zealand had worked since last year to make the premier race on the national motor-racing calendar a full festival of motorsport.
“We believe we achieved that aim but, of course, with the benefit of hindsight there are always opportunities to improve and our focus now is to make the 2009 New Zealand Grand Prix even better.
Staging the meeting in early January provided a challenge, he said. It was also difficult to accurately gauge the crowd count.
“We accept this meeting was very early in the year for a national meeting. This is a relaxed race meeting, showcasing the pinnacle of motor-racing talent.”