The Championship season keeps racing on here at Meeanee and this Saturday night we host the Hawkes Bay TQ Midget and Streetstock Championships along with the Stockcar Kuru Cup. Unfortunately we have had to postpone the MIDAS Midget series until November due to Covid spreading through the ranks faster than a Michael Pickens hot lap.
A large field of TQ drivers will be gunning for the championship, hopefully including 4 x NZ champion Jeremy Webb from Christchurch. Webb cemented his legendary status in the sport by winning four titles in a row on four different tracks.
There will be plenty of other contenders for the title, including defending and 10 x winner 6b Duane Todd. Duane has had an incredible career, winning just about everything on offer, but victories have been hard to get this year as the next generation of hard chargers step up to the challenge.
46a Aaron Humble is the form driver, winning both the East Coast and 20 lap titles recently, but such is the depth of talent in the TQ ranks the winner could be one of 8 or so different drivers.
Stockcars are contesting the much sought after Kuru Cup where 16b Brett Loveridge will be defending the crown. Brett recently lost the Hawkes Bay title to 65b Royden Hynd, but bounced back in style to win the two-day East Coast championship.
The Stockcar class is another packed with talented young drivers - 68b Ben Darroch, 65b Hynd, 19b Caleb Ireland, 42b Lauren Swift and 91b Zayne Pullan will be just some who fancy a podium shot. The hits will come hard and fast and it will be great to have former racer Ricky Kuru here to present the impressive trophy.
Streetstocks will be bashing fenders as they vie for the Hawkes Bay title, and with former champ 46b Brent Reddington losing his crown last season he will be a red hot favorite to snatch it back.
Defending holder 7b Al Howatson and 72b Darren Melling have hit top form at just the right time and will both fancy a shot of the championship podium.
The roar of the Superstocks will be heard around the stadium as a late replacement for the Midgets, and we should see a few out of town cars in the lineup. Rookie 99b Jacob Buckrell raced to his first win in the class last meeting by winning the feature and will be looking to carry that success over to tonight's racing.
Ministocks always produce close tight racing, and this weekend they will be racing in a pairs format where the combined points over the night will determine the winners.
A couple of meetings back the Sidecars put on some incredibly fast, close racing which showcased their skill and bravery. If the 97p bike of Mike Zachan and Ben Franklin are on the entry list they will be firm favorites for heat wins after winning West Coast, East Coast and Hawkes Bay titles in just over a 1 week period.
Track prep has been brilliant the past few meetings and it's testament to the hard working teams behind the scenes. It's going to be another High Octane fueled night of racing.
Racing starts at the earlier time of 4pm, admission prices are Adults $25, Children $10 and Family $60.