The hills above Alexandra were alive with the sound of motor engines on Sunday.

The Central Otago Motorsport Club’s (COMC) annual championship event, the Little Valley gravel hillclimb, drew competitors from Christchurch south to the gravel in a race against the clock

Twenty-five drivers across four racing classes competed on the 4.8km stretch of road.

The event was given the all-clear to proceed by Motorsport New Zealand after the lowering of Covid-19 alert levels.

The racing body’s Back in Motion guidelines allows events to take place at Alert Level 2.

To keep within the 100-person limit, spectators were unable to attend.

Little Valley Road’s “mix of corners” made the event unique, pit boss Neil Whitford said.

“You get tight, slow corners, fast open corners, a big buildup

The volunteer-run event was a highlight for drivers and for those watching, he said.

“Looking at the results, it was very competitive.

COMC secretary Matthew Shand said the event was “really good”.

“Everyone has enjoyed their day,” he said.

The club was grateful to the Central Otago District Council and Contact Energy for their support of the event, Shand said.


Class A (0-1600cc): Tim Smith

Class B (1600-2000cc):Scott Paul

Class C (2001cc and over):Ari Pettigrew

4WD: Ray Casey