Dirt set to fly for Baypark speedway opener

Nine-time New Zealand Midget Car champion Michael Pickens begins his 2020-21 campaign at Baypark Speedway this weekend. Supplied photo.


The dirt is set to fly when Mt Maunganui’s Baypark Speedway races back into action on Saturday night.

Organiser are promising a strong competitor line-up to start to the 2020-21 summer racing season.

The traditional Labour weekend season opener has attracted quality fields featuring current and past national champion drivers across the Sprint Car, Super Saloon and Midget Car classes. Stock Cars and Youth Mini Stocks will also feature on the programme.

The Midget Car line-up will feature nine-time New Zealand champion Michael Pickens (Auckland) who plans to start his summer campaign on double duty by also joining the Sprint Car field.

“A high-quality Super Saloon grid is headed by Tauranga’s reigning NZ and North Island champion Sam Waddell, former national champions Steve Cowling and Peter Dickson and current NZ Grand Prix title holder Chris Cowling,” says a statement from Baypark.

“Sprint cars will be a major focus of the racing at Baypark Speedway this summer with top competitors eager for track time ahead of the 51st New Zealand Championship at the Mt Maunganui track on January 8-9.

“Twenty Sprint Car teams have indicated they are ready to race this Saturday night while Stock Car numbers are approaching 30 cars and the Youth Mini Stock field is set to feature 24 cars.”

The Labour Weekend season opener is the green light for an exciting 18-night 2020-21 racing calendar at Baypark Speedway running through till next Easter. Racing starts at 6.30pm.


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