Speedway meeting cancelled due to rain

Walking along the ruined track after the Beachlands Speedway club event was cancelled yesterday...
Walking along the ruined track after the Beachlands Speedway club event was cancelled yesterday is club president Matt Stewart. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Heavy rain rendered a Dunedin racing track unusable yesterday, leaving a club out of pocket and fans disappointed.

Beachlands Speedway club president Matt Stewart said the cancellation of the Super Saloon Mag and Turbo Cup left the club down about $5000 to $7000.

Although it was a rough financial hit, it was the risk the club took by running events, he said.

Ticket sales were the main source of revenue.

More than 130 drivers and 2000 spectators had been expected to attend.

Those drivers would still be able to compete in events at other tracks around the region this week, weather permitting, Mr Stewart said.

The decision to cancel the event was made about 1.30pm.

It was disappointing, but there was no other option, he said.

If the rain had fallen earlier in the day and cleared up, the team could have repacked the mud and treated the track in time, but that was not possible with such late rain, he said.

Out of the seven events the club ran annually, about two were usually cancelled because of adverse weather.

‘‘That’s the joy of running things outdoors.’’

The club would be holding more meetings on January 21 and 22, which would hopefully be under better conditions.

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