The Speedway New Zealand Annual General Meeting (& SGM) is set to take place in Wellington on June 15th & 16th. It’s once again an election year and the names of the people putting their hands up for the role of a President or Director is now clear. Standing for President is Palmerston North’s Martin Jones & Dunedin’s Ricky Boulton, while director nominations include; Roger Bailey, Wendy Coutts, Martin Jones, Alan Luoni, Kevin Clive, Shane Dewar, Nelson Hartley, Willie Kay, Peter Kuriger, Tim Savell, Tim Sidwell & Lani thompson.
It’s that time of the year when Speedway New Zealand Championship dates start to be announced for next season. Currently 11 of the 13 New Zealand Championship dates have been confirmed, plus various other events. Some key dates include; NZ Superstocks: 4/5 January 2019 – Woodford Glen, NZ Stockcars: 15/16 February 2019 – Baypark, NZ Super Saloons: 11/12 January 2019 – Huntly, NZ Sprintcars: 1/2 February 2019 – Cromwell & NZ Midgets: 9th January 2019 – Stratford. Check out the SNZ website for more.
New Zealand’s professional Solo rider Bradley Wilson-Dean recently suffered a big crash during his second session in Slangerup, Denmark as part of the Grand Prix Qualifier. Luckily for Bradley he walked away without serious injury, however he did suffer severe whiplash in the crash. His gear took most of the impact, with his helmet and bike a total write off. Good news has already flowed in though for BWD as he got the call up to return to the Peterborough Panthers as a replacement for the injured Nike Luna.
The speedway fraternity, Cromwell community, family, friends and fans are mourning the loss of passionate Central Motor Speedway Club (Cromwell) President and Super Saloon competitor, Daryl Ainsley. Daryl is a major loss to the Speedway fraternity, his commitment to the sport second to none, his passion was obvious and his skill overflowing constantly on track. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Daryls family, friends and the Cromwell Speedway Family.
Each year calendars for Speedway tracks around the country are being released earlier and earlier – which is fantastic for fans. The earliest to be announced was Bechlands Speedway in Dunedin, releasing the draft calendar in April! Their proposed 13 race meeting schedule includes events like a double points opening night, various Otago Champs, Barry Butterworth Midget Series, DHL Saloon Series, War of the Wings Sprintcars, chain races, derbies and much more! Check out their Facebook page for more.
Similar to Beachlands, Mount Maunganui’s Baypark Family Speedway has also announced their proposed 2018/19 calendar. A total of 16 nights of racing have been put forward with some fantastic additions for Baypark fans. Thursday 13th December will see the annual International Sprintcar Series join Baypark, which fans would assume means a four round tour in conjunction with Western Springs & Palmerston North. International Midgets return, plus the NZ Stockcar Champs and North Island Midget Champs.
The Southland Stock Car Drivers Association (Riverside Speedway) met on 14th May to address matters that have occurred in recent weeks. With the recent resignation of the previous Executive Committee, the Association has appointed a temporary Executive Committee in order to run its affairs until the AGM is held in June. The membership have expressed to media they want to assure the community of Southland that the Southland Stock Car Association is now working together to move forward in a positive way.
For all Speedway fans hoping to see racing continue at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland beyond March 2019, the campaign has taken another big blow. New Zealand Cricket CEO David White has backed the construction of an International Cricket venue at Western Springs, having presented a damning assessment of Eden Park’s suitability for test Cricket. Their submission said a more “cricket-centric” Western Springs Stadium could become the country’s leading international cricket venue and could be ready as soon as 2021.
It was the bikes that featured in the last meeting of the season at Ellesmere with a superb track ready despite the weather. The recent upgrades to the track’s wall have made it much safer for Sidecars to compete there. When it was all said and done, Ben Morris took the championship win for the class teaming up Geoff Roper, having won last year with Dylan Fox. Other class wins included; Nick Korstanje – MX, Liam McCoubrey – TQ Midgets, Jack Nairn – 1/4 Midgets, Conner Rangi – Ministocks, Peter Kieth – 6’s & Matt Sherlock – Productions.
Nominations have now closed, judging has been completed and the finalists chosen for the NZ Speedway Awards. Finalists can be found on the Speedway NZ website and Facebook page. Winners will be announced at the Midas Speedway New Zealand Awards evening, held at the Brentwood Hotel, Wellington, on June 16 2018. You can sponsor a trophy at speedway’s most anticipated event of the year by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Limited tickets are available. For more information visit www.speedway.co.nz