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Fireworks, new race to feature at Gisborne Speedway Club meeting


A new race series for production saloons, another brilliant fireworks show and a visit by Santa Claus will be features at the Gisborne Speedway Club meeting tomorrow night.

The club had intended to stage its postponed Jukes Carriers fireworks show later in the season, but decided to put it on sooner rather than later.

The Pacific Dreams pyrotechnics team from Hawke's Bay always put on a memorable event at the Eastland Group Raceway.

“We're sure tomorrow night will be no exception,” club president Clyde McGrory said.

“It will be put on in the middle of the race programme, as soon as it gets dark enough, so that will give the families with young children a chance to get home at a reasonable hour.

“We can also confirm that Santa will be there with us tomorrow night.

“He'll be wandering around the crowd and giving away sweets for the kids, so that should make the night extra-special for the young ones.”

McGrory said the highlight of the race programme would be the inaugural Eastland Group Dual Production Saloon Series.

“We've got cars and drivers coming from around the country competing for a trophy we've put up in conjunction with the Meeanee track in Hawke's Bay,” McGrory said.

“The series will be run over two nights, one here tomorrow, and the other at Meeanee. The winner will be the driver with the most accumulated points over the two nights.”

Current 1NZ production saloon racer Seth McKay, from Gisborne, his father Anton (17G), 2NZ Brent Hackett and former Gisborne driver Tanga Walsh (96B) will be among the front-runners.

“At this stage we've got 19 entries from Gisborne, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Wellington and Whanganui,” McGrory said.

The rest of the night's race programme includes stockcars, saloons, sidechairs, youth ministocks and streetstocks.

“We've got about 20 stockcars registered for tomorrow night from our track and several others,” McGrory said.

Only four saloons will be racing but the line-up will be full of pace.

“The Cooks will be racing, Ethan (76G) and his father Dean (77G), as well as Sean Robertson (16G) and Evan Mooney (42G),” McGrory said.

“Those guys are always good to watch.

“The streetstock class will feature Brenden Gooch (10G) and Cody Gooch (6G), but the hot contender at this stage of the season is Shaun Kingi (75G).”

The sidechairs include Callum Innes and Russell Stewart (22G), who have been going really well against the well-performed father-son combo of Toby and Dylan Lardelli (99G).

The youth ministocks class includes Ari Robertson (9G) and his sister Cassy (97G).

“They've both been going really well too,” McGrory said.

“But I reckon one to watch in that class will be Corbyn Wilson (44G), a new competitor this year. Watch this space — he's going to be a top competitor in the years to come. He's got real talent.”

Gates to the speedway open at 5pm tomorrow. The first race starts at 6pm.

The track has been divided into “bubbles” to meet social distancing requirements. Fans are asked to wear masks.

NEW SERIES: 1NZ Seth McKay (seen above in his car, previously 48G) and Hawke's Bay's Tanga Walsh (96B) will be among the front-runners in the inaugural Dual Production Saloon Series at Gisborne Speedway Club's meeting tomorrow night. Fireworks and an appearance by Santa Claus will also be features of the night's entertainment. Picture by Liam Clayton