In a first for Beachlands Speedway, the New Zealand
streetstock championships will be raced at the Dunedin track
The championships have not been held in the lower South
Island for more than 20 years, and more than 70 drivers and
cars will descend on Beachlands chasing the title. Beachlands
Speedway vice-president Matt Stewart said the club had
lobbied hard to get the meeting, and after being awarded it
last year had attempted to persuade North Island drivers to
make the pilgrimage south to contest the title.
Stewart said many had decided to come for the contest and by
yesterday there were 74 drivers registered for the event,
with many coming from Gisborne, where the championships had
been raced last year.
Gisborne drivers dominated last year, when Dave Hampton won
the event and brothers Sean and Brendon Gooch finished second
and third respectively. All three drivers will be competing
The competing cars are ordinary street vehicles, which are
then fitted with roll cages and bigger bumper bars, so cars
can make contact between each other through the race.
Some minor modifications can be done to the engine but it is
more or less possessing the same power as when the car left
the assembling factory.
Tonight is a chance to get some practice time on the track at
Beachlands, as many drivers have not raced there before.
Qualifying starts at 7pm tomorrow, with drivers divided into
four groups. Each group will race in heats on that night, and
at the end the drivers with the top placing in each group
will go through to the finals on Sunday night.
The top 26 drivers will contest the finals over three races,
each of 15 laps. Racing starts at 7pm.
Drivers' starting positions for the first race will be
carried out by a grid draw, with drivers swapping front,
middle and back starts over the three races.
Stewart said being at the front was not necessarily a huge
advantage as the cars out in front became a target for
Plenty of drivers from Christchurch have made the trip south.
Dunedin drivers will also be in with a chance and Paul Simon,
in his Toyota Soarer, is a contender.
Stewart hopes a large crowd will get along to the
championships on both nights.