Meeting sees controversial remits
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.
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?