Blokart World Championships to be held in the Manawatū in 2020


(Posted on: April 5)

It’s wheels up for the Manawatu Blokart Club who have officially won the bid  to host the Blokart World Championships in New Zealand in October 2020. The event will be hosted across two venues over 8 days in the Manawatū in Sanson and the Ohakea Air Force Base.

The Blokart World Championships are hosted every two years with Spain having hosted the previous event in 2018.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force have given racers access to the Ohakea Air Base for three of the days for high speed long distance racing, and the sailing track at the Manawatu Blokart Club in Sanson will be used as the second venue for a shorter circuit.

Manawatu District Mayor Helen Worboys says this event is a huge honour for the region.

“We are so privileged to have been given this opportunity to host the Blokarting World Championships. To put the Manawatu region on the map internationally is a real cue for us and we can’t wait to showcase what we do best,” she said.

The schedule for the World Championships will kick off with a pre event on the 19th and 20th of October, followed by Worlds registrations on the 21st of October and the World Championships from the 22nd to the 26th of October 2020.

As a precursor to the World Championships in 2020, the New Zealand Blokarting Open will be held in the Manawatū on the 24th and the 25th of October in Sanson and the 26th and 27th at Ohakea this year. Both events will be open to the public.

President of the Manawatu Blokart Club Robert Deighton believes the Blokarting profile is growing all the time.

“We can’t wait for 2020. In many parts of the world the Blokart is used for leisure sailing but it is developing more and more into a competitive international sport and we can’t wait to showcase this in the Manawatu!” he said.