A standout speedway season

CHAMPION SEASON: The Gisborne Speedway Club’s drivers and riders produced a season to remember this year — one of the best in the club’s history in terms of titles and other podium finishes. (From left) Daniel and Ethan Cook, Ethan and Peter Rees, Sean Robertson and Fraser Wright. See the next photo in this gallery for the continuing line-up. Pictures supplied
Photo of the continuing line-up: Crystal Peach, Dave Gooch and Brenden Gooch (with Brodie Gooch, 7, behind).

The Gisborne Speedway Club has enjoyed one of its great seasons with three New Zealand titles, two runner-up national titles and seven other national and North Island podium finishes.

“It has certainly been a season to remember,” said club president Neil Gooch.

“The competitors have certainly delivered on the track, and we have a great committee that has worked hard to help make it all happen.

“We have a very loyal fan base following speedway in Gisborne,” Gooch said.

“As a club we are thrilled with the way the season went for our fans and our club members.”

Ethan Cook became one of a very few drivers to win the double — the New Zealand saloon car championship (1NZ) and the New Zealand saloon Grand Prix championship.

His brother Daniel won the North Island saloon championship.

The now-retired Dave Gooch finished up in the best possible way with first in the New Zealand production saloon car championship (1NZ), and his daughter Crystal Peach took third place on the New Zealand podium.

In the superstocks class Peter Rees finished 2NZ in the New Zealand superstock championships, and his son Ethan was third in the North Island superstock championship.

Brenden Gooch finished 2NZ in the New Zealand streetstock championship.

The Gisborne Gladiators team — Ethan Rees, James Kirk, James Clarke, Ben Holt and Mason O’Dwyer — finished third in the New Zealand stockcar teams championship.

Fraser Wright was second in the North Island production saloon championship and Sean Robertson was third.

Clive Ireland and Chris Symon finished third in the North Island sidecar championship.

In addition, there were multiple podium finishes from Gisborne club members at other club championship meetings.

Most of the national and North Island podium finishers and their vehicles were paraded as part of the final meeting of the season last Saturday at the Eastland Group Raceway.

The Gisborne Speedway Club has enjoyed one of its great seasons with three New Zealand titles, two runner-up national titles and seven other national and North Island podium finishes.

“It has certainly been a season to remember,” said club president Neil Gooch.

“The competitors have certainly delivered on the track, and we have a great committee that has worked hard to help make it all happen.

“We have a very loyal fan base following speedway in Gisborne,” Gooch said.

“As a club we are thrilled with the way the season went for our fans and our club members.”

Ethan Cook became one of a very few drivers to win the double — the New Zealand saloon car championship (1NZ) and the New Zealand saloon Grand Prix championship.

His brother Daniel won the North Island saloon championship.

The now-retired Dave Gooch finished up in the best possible way with first in the New Zealand production saloon car championship (1NZ), and his daughter Crystal Peach took third place on the New Zealand podium.

In the superstocks class Peter Rees finished 2NZ in the New Zealand superstock championships, and his son Ethan was third in the North Island superstock championship.

Brenden Gooch finished 2NZ in the New Zealand streetstock championship.

The Gisborne Gladiators team — Ethan Rees, James Kirk, James Clarke, Ben Holt and Mason O’Dwyer — finished third in the New Zealand stockcar teams championship.

Fraser Wright was second in the North Island production saloon championship and Sean Robertson was third.

Clive Ireland and Chris Symon finished third in the North Island sidecar championship.

In addition, there were multiple podium finishes from Gisborne club members at other club championship meetings.

Most of the national and North Island podium finishers and their vehicles were paraded as part of the final meeting of the season last Saturday at the Eastland Group Raceway.

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