Cromwell speed­way pres­i­dent gets last lap

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cheers, ap­plause and shout-outs for Daryl Ains­ley fol­lowed his 5T Su­per saloon as it did its last lap around the Cromwell speed­way track.

The 52-year-old Cen­tral Motor Speed­way pres­i­dent’s body was re­cov­ered af­ter his ve­hi­cle plunged in the sea at the bot­tom of a cliff on the Tau­tuku penin­sula, in the Catlins. The tragedy oc­curred af­ter he had gone to help friends, tow­ing their stuck ve­hi­cle out of mud.

Over 2000 peo­ple at­tended Ains­ley’s funeral be­fore spread­ing around the speed­way track to pay a fi­nal farewell to the well­known Cromwell iden­tity.

Fam­ily gath­ered in the mid­dle of the track with the hearse, as Ains­ley’s car did the lap of hon­our.

His car’s motor had blown up at the end of the sea­son, and Ains­ley’s brother Lo­mas Ains­ley said speed­way friends had come to­gether to sup­ply parts and re­build his car for the last lap.

Cen­tral Motor Speed­way for­mer present Andy Ersk­ine said ear­lier Ains­ley was a beloved and re­spected friend, pres­i­dent and com­peti­tor.

‘‘He has led our team from the top and guided and di­rected the club to where we are to­day.

‘‘He is very well known in the speed­way com­mu­nity as a fierce com­peti­tor but also for his love and com­mit­ment to his club. Cen­tral Motor Speed­way has been a huge part of his life.

‘‘His com­mit­ment to the pres- en­ta­tion of the Cen­tral Motor Speed­way fa­cil­i­ties could not be ques­tioned and the re­cently in­stalled ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem was his pride and joy. He was re­lieved that mov­ing K lines would not fea­ture in his daily rou­tine any­more.’’

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Daryl Ains­ley’s 5T Su­per saloon did its last lap around the Cromwell track on Fri­day af­ter the Cen­tral Motor Speed­way pres­i­dent’s funeral.

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