Speedway event tar­gets women

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Mata­mata women who nor­mally cheer on oth­ers as they zoom around Wa­haroa Speedway are be­ing chal­lenged to get be­hind the wheel.

The speedway club will be run­ning a ladies’ chal­lenge on Jan­uary 24 where com­peti­tors have to drive three dif­fer­ent cars in three dif­fer­ent races, in­clud­ing a mini stock, a pro­duc­tion saloon and a fender bender, club mem­ber Damien Laird said.

Al­though he said this con­tact class will be about tap­ping and spin­ning other driv­ers out of the way, he ex­pected it to be ‘‘rel­a­tively se­date’’.

This re­flects the club’s aim, which Laird said was fam­ily-fo­cused fun.

The group is about en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing their driv­ers, es­pe­cially the young ones. Laird will be in the referee box this year. ‘‘I want to pro­vide a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment where the kids can learn and so they don’t just go away say­ing ‘that guy just shouted at me’.’’

The club is also hold­ing a pic­nic meet­ing on De­cem­ber 20, where of­fi­cials and driv­ers will swap roles.

Open wheeler, mini stocks, adult mini stocks, fender ben­ders, pro­duc­tion sa­loons, C sa­loons all com­pete at the grass­roots club.

At the first day of sea­son, Novem­ber 1, triple points are up for grabs. ‘‘It’s a good leg up for the sea­son,’’ Laird said.

Wa­haroa Speedway’s sea­son will run through to the end of April, with race meet­ings held two to three times a month.

Keep an eye on the club’s face­book page, face­book.com/ Wa­haroaSpeed­way, for more in­for­ma­tion.


Lynette Horn will use her pro­duc­tion saloon in the ladies’ chal­lenge and al­ready has a fender bender or­gan­ised to bor­row. The tall Wa­haroa Speedway club sec­re­tary is wor­ried how she will fit in a min­i­s­tock though.

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