2013 Final Results

Northern Southland College Take Out Grass Kart Challenge Title

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

“In its seventh 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.

“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.

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.

Secondary Schools Grass Karts

Overall Winner – Tools4Work Award
  • 1st Place - Northern Southland College
  • 2nd Place - Mountainview High School
  • 3rd Place - Twizel Area School
     Tools4Work

The Overall winning team receives a $1,000 voucher and the Tools4Work Trophy, with second place receiving $500 and third place $250.

Northern Southland College 
Northern Southland College
Mountainview High School
Mountainview High School
Twizel Area School
Twizel Area School
BOC Gases Construction Award
  • 1st Place - Northern Southland College
  • 2nd Place - Mountainview High School
  • 3rd Place - Otago Polytechnic Red
 Northern Southland College
Northern Southland College
Mountainview High School
Mountainview High School
Otago Polytechnic Red
Otago Polytechnic Red
Southern Institute of Technology Award for Appearance
  • 1st Place - Northern Southland College
  • 2nd Place - Otago Polytechnic Red
  • 3rd Place - Aurora College A
Northern Southland College
Northern Southland College
Otago Polytechnic Red
Otago Polytechnic Red
Aurora College A
Aurora College A
Southern Group Training Record Keeping Award
  • 1st Place - Northern Southland College
  • 2nd Place - Mountainview High School
  • 3rd Place - Aurora College A
Northern Southland College
Northern Southland College
Mountainview High School
Mountainview High School
Aurora College A
Aurora College A
Blackwoods Paykels Performance Award
  • 1st Place - Twizel Area School
  • 2nd Place - Mountainview High School
  • 3rd Place - Hokonui Tertiary High
Blackwoods Paykels 
Twizel Area School
Twizel Area School
Mountainview High School
Mountainview High School
Hokonui Tertiary High
Hokonui Tertiary High