Queenstown mayor Jim Boult reignited his motorsport career with a class win at Invercargill’s Teretonga racetrack last Saturday.
In the first round of the South Island endurance series, he and NZONE Skydive boss Clark ‘Scotty’ Scott won the competitive up-to-2-litre class in the one-hour race.
Scott, who owns the Honda Integra Type R factory-built race car, says he bumped into Boult at a conservation fundraiser “and he expressed how he really missed motorsport”.
“I invited him to join me to compete in the South Island series.
“I felt His Worship would be a bit of a guiding light to ‘the apprentice’, as he’s now called me.”
The pair swapped driving roles for almost 50 laps, reaching speeds well over 200kmh at the end of the straight.
Scott: “It was our first effort so there’s a little bit of working it out as we go, but as Jim rightfully pointed out, old and cunning wins the race.
“We were both like the cat that got all the cream at the end of the day.”
After 10 years away from the track, Boult says “it was good to get into the car and feel completely comfortable”.
“It’s a great little car, and while it lacks in straight horsepower, its handling and braking are very good, and I surprised myself by mixing it with faster cars from other classes in the corners.
“Long-distance races are also about being on the track at the end, and good results come from having a race-long strategy.
“Not too much different than being mayor – short-term gains are one thing, winning the long-term game is what matters.”
Boult and Scott plan to compete in the other rounds at Ruapuna, Christchurch, next Saturday, and at Timaru International Motor Raceway on October 13.
Scott: “The ultimate goal would be to make the national final which is at [Cromwell’s] Highlands in November.”
He adds they’re grateful to Queenstown’s M-Developments and Arrowtown’s RD Petroleum for their support.
Meanwhile M-Developments owner Barry Moore, with fellow driver Tim Mackersy, won their 2-to-3.5-litre class in a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in the three-hour race.