Lets talk – Dan Hickman

Years racing: 4
Home track: Baypark Speedway
Feature wins: 0 Watch out this season
Classes raced: Saloons

Sponsors: Price Racing, Olsen Commercial, Hickman Wholesale, Sniper Refinsh, Smith Racing, Gibbs Signs, Flowright Gasfitting,

When did you start racing and how did you get into it?

Dec 2017, through my Dad

What classes have you run over the years?

Quad Bikes, Saloons

What are you most proud of in your racing career?

Abiity to race on a budget, and keep up with some of the top guys.

What titles have you received while racing?

None, but have finished 2nd at last years Waikato Saloons.

What is your all-time favourite track to race at and why?

Huntly, Car loves the track and we have followed a lot of success here.

What do you hope to achieve next season?

Qualify for New Zealand Champs, and continue winning races.

What are you currently doing in the off season and how do you prepare?

Patching up panels, replacing shocks, repainting panels, eating well, exercise regularly.

What characteristics do you think are important to becoming successful in racing?

Be aggressive but fair, admit when you are wrong and learn to take criticism and advice always try your best.

What is happening with your car in the off-season any major changes we should look out for once the season starts?

Nope, Engine refresh from last season, brought a new helmet and boots and hopefully some new paint.

Speedway racing can be fast and dangerous, looking out toward the fans, what do you think is one thing the fans will never understand until they are behind the wheel of a race car? 

The risk every time you go out on the track, anything can happen. Be prepared, wear adequate safety attire.

What is your favourite race on the NZ race calendar?

Any SNZ event.

Who do you admire most in motorsport and why?

Steve Williams , what he has given to speedway and the class is nothing short of incredible.

Let’s talk about Baypark Speedway,

  • What made you decide to run the Mighty M?
  • Help support the class as it was struggling for numbers, The M has a rich history of amazing Saloon drivers, more track time for the upcoming championship.
  • What do you think of the changes and the way direction the speedway is moving?
  • I think the increased safety measures are good, but some classes are hard to sustain without corporate sponsors.
  • What would you like to see improve for both the speedway and your class?
  • Making it more cost effective for the competitors less clashes of meetings in New Zealand.

We know sponsors play a big part but so do crews and families, tell us about your support team?

My partner, Dad and friends help crew on my car. My Crews families come along to spectate and support.

Final words …

Follow your dreams, nothing is too big or impossible if you want something bad enough you wll make it happen, once you get into Speedway you wont want to stop, an addictive yet expensive but well worth it once you taste success.