Revving up the New Year

There'll be plenty of thrills and spills at Baypark Family Speedway this year.

What do motocross and super saloons have in common? Speed. And there’ll be plenty of fast-paced action at Metal Man Recyclers Baypark Family Speedway to start the New Year.

The thrills and spills begin on January 4, when the South Pacific Super Saloon Car Championship and FMX Show rolls onto the terracotta track.

Baypark Family Speedway promoter Bernie Gillon says one of Australia’s top super saloon car drivers is visiting from across the ditch to compete in the championship, alongside more than 30 others. Sprint cars and saloon cars and more will also make their way onto the track.

Tauranga’s freestyle motocross riders Luke Price and Nick Franklin will headline the FMX Show, performing their impressive antics hanging off the handle bars of an airborne motorbike in front of their home crowd.

“They put on a great show,” says Bernie.

And the action continues on January 6, when the New Zealand Sprint Car Championships is welcomed onto the track.

“It’s one of the biggest race meetings of the season,” says Bernie. “This is all of the best sprint car drivers from throughout NZ, and a couple from overseas, racing at Baypark for the title of the NZ champion.

“We don’t get this event here often because it travels all around the country, so we’re very fortunate to have it this year; it’ll be a massive event.”

Bernie says the Kid’s Zone has also been expanded, with trampolines and more. “So there’s a lot of family fun to be had.”

Gates open at 5pm on race nights, racing starts at 6.30pm.

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