Pres­i­dent gets last lap around track

The Southland Times - - Front Page -

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 on Satur­day 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 well-known 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 lead 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 pre­sen­ta­tion 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 is his daily rou­tine any­more.’’

Daryl Ains­ley fol­lowed his 5T Su­per sa­loon as it did its last lap around the Cromwell speed­way track.

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