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McKay the top competitor

SPEEDWAY

GISBORNE speedway racer Seth McKay got his just reward this month when he was named the New Zealand production saloon Competitor of the Year at the New Zealand Speedway Awards in Christchurch.

The 17-year-old, who drives 48G, was the Competitor of the Year at the Gisborne Speedway Club for the 2020-2021 season.

“I was amazed to get the national award,” he said.

“But I felt privileged to go up and receive it at the Christchurch Town Hall.”

When he was given the trophy he thanked his mum Kiley, his dad Anton, his girlfriend Shannon and his sponsors.

He is primarily sponsored by local garage Sutherland Automotive.

Seth McKay featured many times on podiums in many championships across the summer but his top achievement was victory in the New Zealand Production Saloon Grand Prix.

“Congratulations Seth. You have made your club and your family very proud.” That was the post from Gisborne Speedway Club on social media after the presentation of the national award.

He was the Gisborne club’s “most improved” driver in production saloons last season, his first in that class of car.

McKay won the Gisborne saloon car championship, was second in the Waikato titles, third in the Bay of Plenty, first in the Easter champs at Rotorua, first in the East Coast and Hawke’s Bay titles and first in the Phil Walsh Memorial.

“I will do another year in production saloons and then hopefully after that I will move up a class to saloons,” he said.

“I hope to race at a lot of the South Island tracks this coming season, to tick them off the way that I have most of the North Island tracks.”

Seth said his biggest achievement last season was lapping his father Anton in 17G four times in a 12-lap race.

“Dad had a broken axle though, so that made it a bit easier,” he said with a chuckle.

The teenager was one of three finalists for the New Zealand award.

The others were Matt Sherlock (current 1NZ), from Christchurch, and Brent Hackett (current 2NZ), from Whanganui.

RACE CONDITIONS: Seth McKay (48G) on the track. File picture by Liam Clayton
TOP COMPETITOR: Seth McKay with his award for production saloon competitor of the year. Picture supplied