By Allan Powell
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Not long to go now, but on Auckland Anniversary weekend Huntly and Te Rapa PlaceMakers Speedway will host the New Zealand Midget Championship meeting. This meeting will run on Saturday night the 27th of January and Sunday night the 28th of January. Both nights the racing will start at 7pm. Added to both nights will be the Waikato Mini Sprint championship on the Saturday night and on the huge Sunday night will be the BK Pro Dirt Super Saloon series plus the hard hitting stock cars for their Waikato Stockcar championship. Each night the pits will be full of race cars in various classes which is all on the Huntly Speedway website.
The midgets are now on their second half of the calendar racing at Huntly on this very busy season for them. It all started with the Waikato Midget champs in November, then the 40 Lapper in December and really bad luck to Huntly for the International Midget series to get heavily rained out on Monday 1st January as this was the world`s best Midget drivers racing.
On this weekend will be 37 of the best midget drivers in New Zealand plus 2 American stars Zach Daum and Tyler Courtney (Sunshine) coming back to contest this championship after racing at the Chilli Bowl in Oklahoma USA last weekend. The New Zealand list of talented drivers is pretty long and headed by 7 x NZ Midget champion Michael Pickens. If Pickens was to win the title at Huntly he would become outright midget champion with 8 titles to his name. Pickens is the showcase driver in midgets throughout New Zealand and Australia and also now winning feature races in America in our off season. Out to beat Pickens will be current 2NZ Brad Mosen and is currently the North Island Midget winner plus Chris McCutcheon, Shane Allach, Brock the rock Maskovich, Carl Worboys, Hayden Williams, Hayden Guptill plus many more top Western Springs drivers. Michael Brunt and Daniel Thomas from Hamilton and both of these drivers started their speedway careers at the Huntly track in the Ministock class. Daniel Thomas now races out of Western Springs. Stratford drivers to watch will be Duane Hickman, Michael Kendall and Chris Bagrie. From the South Island making the trip north will be Dave Kerr, Glen Durie and Tom Lumsden. All the qualifying races will be done on the Saturday night with the finals on Sunday night plus the 25 lap final for a new 2018 NZ midget champion
On Saturday night will also be the Waikato Mini Sprint championship with car coming from throughout the North Island tracks with Huntly cars Ben Vaughan, Regan Marceau and Joel Steed taking the challenge to all the drivers.
Added to the huge Sunday nights program is the BK Pro Dirt Super Saloon series and the Waikato Stockcar championship.
The Super Saloons this season for this series has approaching 30 cars entered for each round. After the Huntly round it will be three rounds to go. Surprise entry to the last four rounds is American Late Model Saloon racer Jason Feger from Bloomington Illinois. Jason has the nickname Highside Hustler. Jason Feger will be racing the 24A car of Ben Harding and that car goes really well around Huntly. Top New Zealand drivers in the series are Grant and Steve Flynn, Mark Pitcher, Donald Gregory, Dan Corrin, Asher Rees (ex Superstock peddler) Local drivers Steve Williams and Craig Cardwell are two drivers to watch out for in the Huntly round. Super Saloons are great to watch with their side by side racing with their 800 hp V8 motors. The cars are split into groups and each group race each other then to a semi main race, pole shuffle and then the grand feature.
Also on the Sunday night as part of the triple header is the Waikato Stockcar championship. I would expect a full field of 30 cars for this sort after championship. Dave Moore 7H will be back to defend his title and try to go back to back titles. The 3 heats it will be no prisoners taken action all night and a new worthy Waikato Stockcar champion will be crowned.
Keep checking the Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway website for all the information you need.