Father and son motorsport champs

Terry and Blake Corin with their respective motor vehicles. Photo: Nikki South.

Terry and Blake Corin share a passion for racing – and are proof talent runs in the family.

Both father and son have claimed major national wins this year in motorsport and kartsport competitions.

In January, Terry placed first in the Super Saloon Championships at Baypark, against a large field of more than 50 other cars.

“I think we went through the whole weekend without touching another car, which was impressive,” he says.

“Around five laps into the final I passed on the outside and held the lead for the rest of the race.”

Terry is an old hand at motorsport, including saloons and karting, but his son is a relative newcomer. Blake, 10, started at the tender age of six, and over Easter Weekend won the Cadet ROK championship in Rotorua.

Terry says the karts they race can do nearly 100km an hour. There were 23 kids in the class Blake was racing in, and winning is a huge achievement.

“Blake was sitting fourth until a crash forced a restart. On the restart he passed three kids on the outside and held the lead until the end.

“As far as New Zealand motorsport goes, winning that cadet title is like the ‘first blood’, or first big title kids can win. It was his first national event he’s been in too, so that’s pretty cool.”

Terry says his other son also races, making it a real family affair.

“I got them into it, but they love going and now they’ve taken over looking for the next race meeting.”


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