Meet­ing sees con­tro­ver­sial re­mits

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVE WAKE­FIELD

Rangeview Speed­way’s new sea­son started with its an­nual meet­ing.

Ex Huntly stock­car driver, Frank Mil­lar was re-elected as pres­i­dent and with life mem­ber Jeni Cradock stand­ing down as sec­re­tary, Kelli Mil­lar has taken on the role.

An in­ter­est­ing re­mit voted to sub­mit to the Cir­cle Track Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand was that the C Saloon class be re­stricted to run even tyre sizes and be made to race in both di­rec­tions.

They would not know in which direc­tion they would be rac­ing un­til in­structed af­ter leav­ing the dummy grid.

In the­ory,

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rules would stop com­peti­tors mod­i­fy­ing their car’s sus­pen­sion and try­ing to cre­ate a stag­ger with a smaller di­am­e­ter tyre on the in­side.

The in­tent is that they race as bought from the man­u­fac­turer or dealer.

This re­mit will be sure to face fierce op­po­si­tion from the as­so­ci­a­tion’s North­land tracks which have al­lowed sus­pen­sion set up mod­i­fi­ca­tions for many years.

A club re­mit that five cars make a class and any less of that class turn­ing up to race will run with se­vere lap re­stric­tions, was voted in.

That means pay­ing spec­ta­tors will no longer have to sit through two or three cars spread out around the track, rac­ing over eight to 10 laps.

For the sec­ond time, an­other con­tro­ver­sial re­mit – to sep­a­rate the rac­ing of front and rear wheel drive pro­duc­tion sa­loons – was pre­sented.

Last year it was re­jected, this time the re­mit went through.

Con­sid­er­ing that it takes five cars to con­sti­tute a class, the rear wheel drive cars are look­ing down the bar­rel of cer­tainly less track time and pos­si­ble ex­tinc­tion at Rangeview Speed­way.

Five rear wheel drive cars may well be too hard to muster con­sid­er­ing on av­er­age only three per meet­ing fronted up last sea­son.

But that is for the driv­ers to de­cide as they have un­til sea­son’s reg­is­tra­tion to make their minds up.

On a lighter note, there is a pos­si­bil­ity of the club run­ning a petrol head’s swap meet be­fore the start of the rac­ing sea­son.

The idea was put for­ward by lo­cal man, Jim Madg­wick, who was quickly ap­pointed to or­gan­ise the pro­ceed­ings.

I’m sure he will for­ward de­tails as they come to hand.

Also, look for­ward to an­other two-day meet­ing later in the sea­son.

The in­au­gu­ral two-day meet­ing last sea­son was such a suc­cess the club is very keen to re­peat the ex­er­cise.

The race calender for 2011-12 sea­son is on the agenda for Au­gust’s com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Rangeview ac­tion from the past: But will rear wheel drive cars sim­i­lar to the one pic­tured dis­ap­pear from pro­duc­tion saloon rac­ing at Wa­haroa?

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