NZ awards to Cook and Gooch

'Wonderful night for both men, their families, their supporters and the club'.

'Wonderful night for both men, their families, their supporters and the club'.

NEW ZEALAND’S BEST: It was a great night for Gisborne Speedway Club on Saturday when saloon racer Ethan Cook (1NZ) was named New Zealand saloon car driver of the year and Dave Gooch (1NZ) was named production saloon driver of the year. Cook is pictured here with his car bearing the 1NZG insignia. Gisborne Herald file picture
Gooch with his New Zealand trophies after he won the New Zealand production saloon championship in Gisborne in January. Gisborne Herald file picture

Cook is pictured receiving his trophy from Speedway NZ life member Wayne Andrews. Picture by Jeremy Ward, Shot 360

Gisborne speedway racers Ethan Cook and Dave Gooch were “on top of the world” to be named Driver of the Year in their classes at the New Zealand Speedway awards at the weekend.

Cook won the New Zealand saloon car title and the New Zealand Grand Prix title during the season, and also featured in the North Island team’s win in the inter-island event.

Gooch won the New Zealand production saloon car title in Gisborne in January.

The awards, held at the Trusts Arena in Henderson in Auckland on Saturday, drew a crowd of 300 people.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be awarded New Zealand saloon car driver of the year,” Ethan said.

“It was a great feeling after such a big season, and I was pretty stoked when they read my name out as winner.

“I feel it’s an award for our whole team, not just me.”

He paid tribute to the part his brother Daniel had played in his success.

“I feel Daniel would have been the next contender for the award. He has helped me so much with my car, and he got me into saloon car racing in the first place.

“I am also so grateful for the support of my parents Dean and Teresa, and the support of my main sponsors John and Sue Baker from Eastlite Carriers.”

He now has his sights set firmly on next season.

“We definitely want to get round a few more tracks next season and see how much more we can win.”

He gets to keep the trophy he received on Saturday night.

Dave Gooch was on holiday in Rarotonga last weekend.

Gisborne Speedway Club vice-president Jamie Simpson accepted the New Zealand production saloon car driver of the year trophy on his behalf.

“I got a phone call from Jamie to tell me I had won it,” Dave said today.

“He woke me up, actually. I couldn’t sleep for the rest of the night I was so busy yahooing.

“It has just capped off my career and it’s a great way to go out.

“It was such a good buzz.”

Gooch ended his 43-year speedway driving career last season.

“I’m feeling on top of the world about this award, and it’s certainly a good time to retire.”

Gisborne Speedway Club president Neil Gooch said that to have two national driver-of-the-year awards come to the Eastland Group Raceway was “very exciting”.

“We have had plenty of single driver-of-the-year awards come to our club previously, but to have two on the one night was awesome,” he said.

“As a club, we are so proud of both men.

“Sitting there at the awards function and seeing the Cook family erupt with clapping, cheering and hugs was a great feeling.

“It was a wonderful night for both men, their families, their supporters, and our club.”

Gisborne speedway racers Ethan Cook and Dave Gooch were “on top of the world” to be named Driver of the Year in their classes at the New Zealand Speedway awards at the weekend.

Cook won the New Zealand saloon car title and the New Zealand Grand Prix title during the season, and also featured in the North Island team’s win in the inter-island event.

Gooch won the New Zealand production saloon car title in Gisborne in January.

The awards, held at the Trusts Arena in Henderson in Auckland on Saturday, drew a crowd of 300 people.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be awarded New Zealand saloon car driver of the year,” Ethan said.

“It was a great feeling after such a big season, and I was pretty stoked when they read my name out as winner.

“I feel it’s an award for our whole team, not just me.”

He paid tribute to the part his brother Daniel had played in his success.

“I feel Daniel would have been the next contender for the award. He has helped me so much with my car, and he got me into saloon car racing in the first place.

“I am also so grateful for the support of my parents Dean and Teresa, and the support of my main sponsors John and Sue Baker from Eastlite Carriers.”

He now has his sights set firmly on next season.

“We definitely want to get round a few more tracks next season and see how much more we can win.”

He gets to keep the trophy he received on Saturday night.

Dave Gooch was on holiday in Rarotonga last weekend.

Gisborne Speedway Club vice-president Jamie Simpson accepted the New Zealand production saloon car driver of the year trophy on his behalf.

“I got a phone call from Jamie to tell me I had won it,” Dave said today.

“He woke me up, actually. I couldn’t sleep for the rest of the night I was so busy yahooing.

“It has just capped off my career and it’s a great way to go out.

“It was such a good buzz.”

Gooch ended his 43-year speedway driving career last season.

“I’m feeling on top of the world about this award, and it’s certainly a good time to retire.”

Gisborne Speedway Club president Neil Gooch said that to have two national driver-of-the-year awards come to the Eastland Group Raceway was “very exciting”.

“We have had plenty of single driver-of-the-year awards come to our club previously, but to have two on the one night was awesome,” he said.

“As a club, we are so proud of both men.

“Sitting there at the awards function and seeing the Cook family erupt with clapping, cheering and hugs was a great feeling.

“It was a wonderful night for both men, their families, their supporters, and our club.”

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