2012 Final Results

Aurora College Take Out South Island Grass Kart Challenge Title

Grass Karts from all around the South Island met in Twizel over the weekend for the annual South Island Grass Kart Challenge.

“In its sixth year the Grass Kart Challenge involves secondary school teams over the course of academic year designing and building their own kart design which is then raced at the Challenge final” said Glenys McKenzie, Challenge Team Leader.

The popularity of the Secondary School Grass Kart Challenge saw 24 teams compete on the day from as far afield as Nelson and Invercargill. The Master Class, with eight entries this year, is competed for among teams from various polytechnics whose Youth Guarantees students build the karts as part of their coursework.

“Teams are assessed on the Construction, Appearance, Record Keeping and Performance of their kart with the points for each category evenly weighted with prize packages for first, second and third in each category and overall. We are very appreciative of the support we receive from our sponsors BOC, Blackwoods Protector, Southern Group Training, SIT, Otago Polytechnic, EDI and Tools4Work. The prize packages have been put to good use over the years purchasing equipment for various schools’ technology workshops, and this year are worth $6,150”

Friday night saw the Challenge Team scrutineering each kart, then judging the Construction and Appearance Awards.

On the Saturday the very popular and highly competitive Performance Award was competed for over a series of sprint and slalom races with the best time being recorded for each team. In the afternoon a series of relay races were held to identify the eight fastest karts which raced off in a quarter final, then final relay. Each team had to complete eight laps of the track with four driver changes.

“The look of absolute concentration on the faces of the driver’s and their determination to do well is rewarding for all concerned.” said Mike Grumball Head of Trade and Technology at SIT.

The Challenge is designed to enable young men and women to experience a sample of the work they may be expected to do in a career in the automotive and engineering industries. It builds excellent team work, communication and time management skills with a number of past Grass Kart Challenge student team members progressing on into apprentices” Glenys McKenzie confirmed.

The 2013 Grass Kart Challenge entry forms will be available shortly at www.grasskartchallenge.co.nz

Secondary Schools Grass Karts

Overall Winner – Tools4Work Award
  • 1st Place - Aurora College B
  • 2nd Place - Twizel Area School
  • 3rd Place - Northern Southland College
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The Overall winning team receives a $1,000 voucher and the Tools4Work Trophy, with second place receiving $500 and third place $250.

Aurora College B
Aurora College B
Twizel Aea School
Twizel Aea School
Northern Southland College
Northern Southland College
BOC Gases Construction Award
  • 1st Place - Aurora College A
  • 2nd Place - Aurora College B
  • 3rd Place - Northern Southland College
Aurora College A 
Aurora College A
Aurora College B
Aurora College B
Northen Southland College
Northern Southland College
Southern Institute of Technology Award for Appearance
  • 1st Place - Northern Southland College
  • 2nd Place - Twizel Area School
  • 3rd Place - Aurora College B
Northen Southland College
Northern Southland College
Twizel Area School
Twizel Area School
Aurora College B
Aurora College B
Southern Group Training Record Keeping Award
  • 1st Place - Northern Southland College
  • 2nd Place - Christ's College - Racing Stripes
  • 3rd Place - Rangiora New Life
Northen Southland College
Northern Southland College
Christ's College
Christ's College - Racing Stripes
Rangiora New Life
Rangiora New Life
Blackwoods Paykels Performance Award
  • 1st Place - Rangiora High School A
  • 2nd Place - Lincoln High School
  • 3rd Place - Christ’s College - CCDT
Blackwoods Paykels 
Rangiora High School A
Rangiora High School A
Lincoln High School
Lincoln High School
Christ's College - CCDT
Christ's College - CCDT

Master Class Grass Karts

Overall Winner
  • 1st Place - Otago Polytechnic - Blue
  • 2nd Place - NMIT - Monster Mobsters
  • 3rd Place - NMIT - Woodstock

The Overall winning team receives a $300 voucher and the Smokefree Trophy, with second receiving a voucher for $200 and third a voucher for $100.

Otago Polytechnic Blue
Otago Polytechnic Blue
NMIT - Monster Mobsters
NMIT - Monster Mobsters
NMIT - Woodstock
NMIT - Woodstock
Construction Award
  • 1st Place - NMIT- Monster Mobsters
  • 2nd Place - Otago Polytechnic - Blue
  • 3rd Place - NMIT - Woodstock
NMIT Monster Mobsters
NMIT - Monster Mobsters
Otago Polytechnic Blue
Otago Polytechnic Blue
NMIT - Woodstock
NMIT - Woodstock
Performance Award
  • 1st Place - NMIT - Woodstock
  • 2nd Place - NMIT - Assassinz
  • 3rd Place - NMIT - Monster Mobsters
NMIT Woodstock
NMIT - Woodstock
NMIT - Assassinz
NMIT- Assassinz
NMIT - Monster Mobsters
NMIT - Monster Mobsters 
Appearance Award
  • 1st Place - NMIT - Woodstock
  • 2nd Place - NMIT - Assassinz
  • 3rd Place - NMIT - Motley Crew
NMIT Woodstock
NMIT - Woodstock
NMIT - Assassinz
NMIT - Assassinz
NMIT Motley Crew
NMIT - Motley Crew 
Record Keeping Award
  • 1st Place - NMIT - Motley Crew
  • 2nd Place - NMIT - Monster Mobsters
  • 3rd Place - Otago Polytechnic - Blue
NMIT Motley Crew
NMIT - Motley Crew
NMIT - Monster Mobsters
NMIT - Monster Mobsters
 
Otago Polytechnic Blue
Otago Polytechnic Blue 
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