Street racers rev up for Cromwell street sprints

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Ever won­dered what your in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor, lo­cal GP and the owner of a mo­tor­sport park do in their leisure time? Easy – street rac­ing. Spokesman Ross Lind­say said Cory MacAskill, Dr Rob Visser and Tony Quinn are among a big field of com­peti­tors in this year’s Cen­tral Otago Mo­tor­sport Club ‘‘Street Sprints’’ in the Lake Dun­stan In­dus­trial Park. To race in this event cars had to be equipped with roll cages and five point seat har­nesses, and driv­ers must wear flame re­tar­dant rac­ing over­alls. Cory, one of the event’s or­gan­is­ers, said Tony Quinn should en­ter his Targa New Zealand Nis­san ‘‘Godzilla’’ Sky­line which reach speeds be­tween 160 and 180kph. An­other driver likely to set a blis­ter­ing pace was Ou­tram’s Glen Frew who in his Mit­subishi Evo won the Coronet Peak Hill Climb in Novem­ber last year, Mr Lind­say said. An­other to watch out for was John Lis­ter driv­ing an open wheeler For­mula Ford. The 1.3km course starts in Hughes Cres with driv­ers im­me­di­ately fac­ing a tight left-hand turn quickly fol­lowed by a right into Pinot Noir Drive then a left in Chardon­nay St fol­lowed by an­other left into Ceme­tery Rd, a right back into Hughes Cres with the fin­ish line in Wolter Cres out­side Ir­ri­ga­tion Ser­vices.

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