Street racers rev up for Cromwell street sprints
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.