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Superstocks, TQs, sidecars and fireworks for speedway opener

Superstocks, TQs, sidecars and fireworks for speedway opener

COMING HOME: Ethan Rees, above, and his father Peter cannot wait to get out on to the Eastland Group Raceway track tomorrow night in a field of 22 superstocks to begin the MTF Points Dash Series. It promises to be an exciting start to the Gisborne Speedway Club season, with TQs to start their series, sidecars vying for the Law-Cartmell Memorial Trophy, and the Jukes Carriers Fireworks Show for the enjoyment of all. Pictures supplied

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SUPERSTOCKS on the charge around the track and fireworks worth $10,000 overhead look set to create a thrilling start to the speedway season at the Eastland Group Raceway tomorrow night.

Red-hot racing will be guaranteed on the track with more than 20 superstocks, the biggest field of this class yet to race at the Gisborne Speedway Club track.

It will be the first of four superstock meetings this season in the new MTF Points Dash Series as drivers vie for a piece of the $2000 purse.

“Superstock 2NZ Peter Rees has done great work over winter in attracting 18 superstock drivers to register with our track this season,” speedway club president Clyde McGrory said.

“To have so many racing with ‘G’ on their cars is just fantastic, and Pete deserves great credit.”

Rees said it had not been that hard to attract the drivers here.

“That’s because of the freedom and the welcome the Gisborne club gives us.”

Superstock class representative Trevor Mullooly said the Gisborne-registered drivers had come from all over.

“Pete’s got them here from Foxton, Palmerston North, Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay and even one from Christchurch. Then you’ve got our Gisborne drivers like James Kirk, and Ben Holt will race occasionally in a borrowed car.

“Jyneika Hollis-Peach will make her debut in a superstock this season, fresh out of youth ministocks last season.

“It’s amazing we’ve got so many superstocks and the lineup is at such a high level,” Mullooly said.

“We’ve got a whole fleet of good cars and good drivers,” Rees said.

The club has 22 cars registered for tomorrow night.

“The fans are going to see some real entertainment,” Rees said.

“That many superstocks on the track is just going to blow people away.”

A big field of TQ midgets has registered as well, as that class also starts the four-meeting Eastland TQ Masters Series. Prize money of $10,000 will be up for grabs there.

“Former club president Grant MacGregor has been instrumental in setting up that series and we think it could draw fields of 20 cars or more,” McGrory said.

The superstocks and the TQs will each race over four heats tomorrow night.

“We’ve got 26 races on the programme so we’ve brought the start time forward to 6pm.”

The gates to the raceway will open at 5pm.

“Another major feature on the programme will be the Law-Cartmell Memorial sidecar championship and that has drawn 15 bikes so far,” McGrory said.

“The field includes Rob Miller and Red George. We consider them to be still very much part of our club, and they have been racing brilliantly since they started two weeks ago.”

The pairing have won eight races from nine starts so far this season.

“In the rest of the programme we are running saloon cars, and that includes the Cook brothers, a good field of stock cars, production saloons, streetstocks and youth ministocks.

“Also, as has been the case in previous seasons, it’s a double points meeting, so everyone will be going hard to get a good start to their points tallies.”

McGrory said the meeting traditionally drew the biggest crowd of the season.

“The Jukes Carriers Fireworks Show by Public Dreams from Hawke’s Bay is always a real crowd-pleaser, and we thank Trevor Jukes and his team for the ongoing support,” he said.

“Our advice is for people to get to the track early tomorrow night to get the best possible vantage points.”

SUPERSTOCKS on the charge around the track and fireworks worth $10,000 overhead look set to create a thrilling start to the speedway season at the Eastland Group Raceway tomorrow night.

Red-hot racing will be guaranteed on the track with more than 20 superstocks, the biggest field of this class yet to race at the Gisborne Speedway Club track.

It will be the first of four superstock meetings this season in the new MTF Points Dash Series as drivers vie for a piece of the $2000 purse.

“Superstock 2NZ Peter Rees has done great work over winter in attracting 18 superstock drivers to register with our track this season,” speedway club president Clyde McGrory said.

“To have so many racing with ‘G’ on their cars is just fantastic, and Pete deserves great credit.”

Rees said it had not been that hard to attract the drivers here.

“That’s because of the freedom and the welcome the Gisborne club gives us.”

Superstock class representative Trevor Mullooly said the Gisborne-registered drivers had come from all over.

“Pete’s got them here from Foxton, Palmerston North, Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay and even one from Christchurch. Then you’ve got our Gisborne drivers like James Kirk, and Ben Holt will race occasionally in a borrowed car.

“Jyneika Hollis-Peach will make her debut in a superstock this season, fresh out of youth ministocks last season.

“It’s amazing we’ve got so many superstocks and the lineup is at such a high level,” Mullooly said.

“We’ve got a whole fleet of good cars and good drivers,” Rees said.

The club has 22 cars registered for tomorrow night.

“The fans are going to see some real entertainment,” Rees said.

“That many superstocks on the track is just going to blow people away.”

A big field of TQ midgets has registered as well, as that class also starts the four-meeting Eastland TQ Masters Series. Prize money of $10,000 will be up for grabs there.

“Former club president Grant MacGregor has been instrumental in setting up that series and we think it could draw fields of 20 cars or more,” McGrory said.

The superstocks and the TQs will each race over four heats tomorrow night.

“We’ve got 26 races on the programme so we’ve brought the start time forward to 6pm.”

The gates to the raceway will open at 5pm.

“Another major feature on the programme will be the Law-Cartmell Memorial sidecar championship and that has drawn 15 bikes so far,” McGrory said.

“The field includes Rob Miller and Red George. We consider them to be still very much part of our club, and they have been racing brilliantly since they started two weeks ago.”

The pairing have won eight races from nine starts so far this season.

“In the rest of the programme we are running saloon cars, and that includes the Cook brothers, a good field of stock cars, production saloons, streetstocks and youth ministocks.

“Also, as has been the case in previous seasons, it’s a double points meeting, so everyone will be going hard to get a good start to their points tallies.”

McGrory said the meeting traditionally drew the biggest crowd of the season.

“The Jukes Carriers Fireworks Show by Public Dreams from Hawke’s Bay is always a real crowd-pleaser, and we thank Trevor Jukes and his team for the ongoing support,” he said.

“Our advice is for people to get to the track early tomorrow night to get the best possible vantage points.”

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