Baypark Speedway to farewell ‘Skinny’ Colson

Baypark Speedway presents another exciting double header of action this Saturday night with sprint car and stock car racing as the main attractions.

The V8-powered winged sprint cars will contest a Bay of Plenty Championship that boasts both added prestige and payout as it will mark the Baypark farewell appearance of one the sport’s longest-serving stars.

With dual billing as the Daltons BOP Championship and the Salute to Skinny, the night will celebrate the career of Graeme “Skinny’’ Colson in which he’s been a front runner in both super saloons and sprint cars.

Colson will be retiring from the sport and has planned the final weeks of the 2020-21 season as a farewell tour.

“I first made the trip across from Taranaki to race at the original Baypark way back in 1986,’’ says Colson.

“I was hooked by the fast competition at Baypark and lost count of how many trips between Taranaki and Tauranga we made over the years before we decided to move here in 2015.

“I’ve had some of my biggest wins at both the original Baypark and the first Super Saloon feature when the new track opened in 2001.

“It will be really special to line up at the BOP Sprint Car Champs this weekend and for our team to have one last chance to fly the flag at Baypark for the Daltons family and their staff before calling it a day.’’

 Graeme “Skinny’’ Colson.

To mark his Baypark farewell, Colson’s long-time sponsor Daltons have boosted the winner’s purse for the BOP championship finale to $6600 as a tribute to the number 66 that Colson has traditionally carried on his cars.

The increased payout will make the BOP Champs more lucrative to the winner than any other sprint car event in New Zealand this year and Baypark Speedway is expecting a strong field to contest the title including California’s Jonathan Allard driving for the Daltons team.

Sharing the spotlight on Saturday night – and also with an important title up for grabs – will the hard-hitting stock cars.

A big field including visiting drivers will battle for the Harry Fredrickson Memorial Gold Cup.

It’s Baypark’s annual flagship event for the class and celebrates the contribution the Fredrickson family has made to speedway in the Bay of Plenty – in particular the stock car class.

Also, on the programme this Saturday night are the open wheel six shooters and the teenage talents of the youth mini stock category.