Focus on the Land
Drivers gearing up for another cracker of a season
Friday, November 02, 2012
SPEEDWAY - A TRADITION continues at Eastland Group Raceway tomorrow night when Gisborne Speedway Club opens its season with the ever-popular $10,000 fireworks meeting.
The fireworks display has become part and parcel of the club’s calendar with good reason . . . it always attracts a big crowd.
The club is hoping tomorrow is no different and while it would acknowledge the night sky will provide the main stage for the night, the track will provide an entertaining curtain-raiser.
Drivers will be looking to hit the dirt flying as double points are on offer at the opening meeting. It is a great chance to set themselves up for the highly sought-after main and feature points titles in each class.
Numbers are a little light in a couple of classes possibly because there are still a few machines in the preparation stage.
No such problem in the streetstocks class this season, with an excellent contingent set for what is always intense competition.
The streetstocks crew have also been busy in fundraising mode to get about 12 cars down to Dunedin for the New Zealand championships on January 5-6.
They will go there defending last year’s trifecta in Gisborne, with David “Duck” Hampton winning from brothers Sean and Brenden Gooch.
Another busy season runs to April and the club has picked up a few major events — the North Island streetstocks championships on February 9 and the North Island TQs and solo bike championships on March 9.
The hugely exciting sprintcars will be racing on the revamped track on November 10, superstocks make a return on November 24 and six shooters will be in action on January 26.
Gisborne men Reece Lister and Gary Hancox are racing six shooters which are basically sprint cars with V6 engines and without the big wing on top.
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