Three NZ awards for Gisborne speedway

Production saloon car racer Anton McKay was the competitor of the year at the New Zealand speedway awards in the production saloon class. The Gisborne Herald won the Best Local Media Support trophy for the second year in a row.
The Gisborne Herald won the Best Local Media Support trophy for the second year in a row.

PRODUCTION saloon racer Anton McKay (17G) was named NZ production saloon car competitor of the year and dedicated the award to his late father Kevin.

He was among six finalists from Gisborne Speedway Club for this year’s awards, the biggest Gisborne representation for years.

“It felt awesome to win it,” 45-year-old McKay said.

He got back into speedway this past season after he was forced out for a year because of serious injury.

McKay won the main points trophy at the Eastland Group Raceway and finished fourth in the New Zealand production saloon championships in Ashburton.

“I must have gone to 20 meetings in both the North and South Islands last season.”

He described the season as “a big rollercoaster ride” and paid special tribute to the support provided by his wife Kiley.

“Without her I wouldn’t be racing.”

McKay is the first driver from the Gisborne club to win the top production saloon car award.

New Zealand stockcar champion Asher Rees who, alongside father Peter, joined the Gisborne track this season, was named New Zealand stockcar competitor of the year at the awards.

“We are now Gisborne-hard,” Rees-junior said.

The Gisborne Herald received the Best Local Media Support Trophy for the second year in a row.

Gisborne Speedway Club vice-president Dean Quinn said it was only the second time in the history of the national awards that a media outlet had won the trophy back-to-back.

“The extent of coverage The Herald gives us is absolutely huge and we appreciate it more than we can express.”

PRODUCTION saloon racer Anton McKay (17G) was named NZ production saloon car competitor of the year and dedicated the award to his late father Kevin.

He was among six finalists from Gisborne Speedway Club for this year’s awards, the biggest Gisborne representation for years.

“It felt awesome to win it,” 45-year-old McKay said.

He got back into speedway this past season after he was forced out for a year because of serious injury.

McKay won the main points trophy at the Eastland Group Raceway and finished fourth in the New Zealand production saloon championships in Ashburton.

“I must have gone to 20 meetings in both the North and South Islands last season.”

He described the season as “a big rollercoaster ride” and paid special tribute to the support provided by his wife Kiley.

“Without her I wouldn’t be racing.”

McKay is the first driver from the Gisborne club to win the top production saloon car award.

New Zealand stockcar champion Asher Rees who, alongside father Peter, joined the Gisborne track this season, was named New Zealand stockcar competitor of the year at the awards.

“We are now Gisborne-hard,” Rees-junior said.

The Gisborne Herald received the Best Local Media Support Trophy for the second year in a row.

Gisborne Speedway Club vice-president Dean Quinn said it was only the second time in the history of the national awards that a media outlet had won the trophy back-to-back.

“The extent of coverage The Herald gives us is absolutely huge and we appreciate it more than we can express.”

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