Ladies chal­lenge pulls speed­way crowd

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

A ladies chal­lenge at­tracted a spectators to Wa­haroa Speed­way.

The unique event, where six women got be­hind the wheel of a mini stock for two races and a fender ben­der for one race, took place on Jan­uary 22.

‘‘There were quite a lot of spectators who got out their blan­kets and had tea out of the back of their cars,’’ club mem-


of ber Damien Laird said. ‘‘The grass bank was full of cars.’’

He said Katie Laird and Dee Hal­bert were neck and neck from the word go. ‘‘Katie lead the fender ben­der but Dee beat her. Dee won the mini stock race but Katie was close be­hind.’’ He said it was ‘‘a proud mo­ment’’ when his 19-year-old daugh­ter won the third race, which was in a mini stock.

Hal­bert won the first place tro­phy, which was spon­sored by Neven Granich. Katie gained the se­cond place tro­phy, which is spon­sored by Spooks Shear­ing and Rachael Hen­der­son gained the third place tro­phy.

Hold­ing the event at twi­light, for the first time, was par­tially why the event was pop­u­lar, but Damien also at­trib­uted it to the fact the club held the North Is­land Adult Min­i­s­tock ti­tle at the same event.

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