Multiple winner Monster Tajima (Japan) powers his 950hp
Suzuki up the Race to the Sky course in 2007. Photo from
The once highly popular Cardrona Valley international
Race to the Sky might be revived after a seven-year hiatus.
Highland Motorsport Park manager Mike Sentch confirmed to the
Otago Daily Times last night he had spent the last
month investigating the idea and the park would ''love to run
However, he cautioned he still had to approach many of those
who might be affected by the running of the race Mr Sentch
said many things had changed since the event was last held in
2007, including many of the neighbours of the 15km course.
The road runs from the floor of the Cardrona Valley to the
Snow Farm on the Pisa Range. It was now owned by just two
The race was founded in 1998 by Grant Aitken, of Queenstown,
and the ODT reported in 2008 he surrendered his rights
to host the event past 2008 citing access permission
Mr Sentch said he had discussed the race proposal with some
landowners who were ''very positive'' and with the Queenstown
Lakes District Council, which was ''fairly enthusiastic'' and
had sent him away with a list of tasks to complete.
He expected it would take him about a month to ''get his head
around'' the resource consent process.
His next step would be to approach the people who might be
affected by the race. After that, he would have a ''far
better idea of where we stand''.
He had deliberately remained low-key about the proposal
before those visits to avoid the proposal's ''stalling'' at
an early stage.
Mr Sentch said for the Cromwell-based Highlands organisation
to run the race again it ''has got to turn a dollar'',
although ''fundamentally it looks OK''.
''We set our standards very, very high. We want to do it to a
The ODT reported attempts in 2008 to revive the race
failed because of a combination of costly and
''unbelievable'' red tape requirements, road and land access
issues, resource consent costs, and personality clashes.
If the event was revived, Mr Sentch was uncertain if it would
continue to be held at Easter, because of the growth in other
events at that time.