Race Team Page
Years racing: 2
Home track: Baypark Speedway Mt Maunganui
Feature wins: None yet
Classes raced: Ministocks
Sponsors: Barclay Engravers, Maungatapu Motors, Bay Karts, Hirepool, Tune Up, Autoair, DANZ Engineering
When did you start racing and how did you get into it?
I started when I was 12 Years old. My family has been involved in all sorts of motorsport so it’s in my blood. My grandfather raced a streestock at the old Baypark. My mum used to bring me to speedway a lot & I always said I’d love to race a ministock.
What classes have you run over the years?
What are you most proud of in your racing career?
I’m only just starting out but winning at Future of Speedway last season was awesome.
What titles have you received while racing?
1st Place Future of Speedway (Huntly) 2021/22,
2nd Place Ministock Stampede (Kihikihi) 2021/22.
Rookie of the Year Baypark Speedway 2020/21.
What is your all-time favourite track to race at and why?
Gisborne – the banking is so cool to race on.
What are you currently doing in the off-season and how do you prepare mentally and physically for this sport?
Playing Rugby to keep my fitness up & spending plenty of time on the Sim to keep up the muscle memory.
What do you hope to achieve next season?
I’d really like a feature win here at Baypark & also finally get a chance to attend MIP in Rotorua. I’d also really like to race at a South Island track.
What characteristics do you think are important to becoming successful in racing?
Dedication. Preparation. Willing to Learn & Listen
What is happening with your car in the off-season any major changes we should look out for once the season starts?
We are doing a full re-build so it’s currently at bare chassis stage, it will be sandblasted, painted & re-built. We have a new design again this year so I’m excited to show everyone at opening meeting on Labour Weekend.
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?
How big the track is & how much safety gear we need to wear.
What is your favourite race on the NZ race calendar?
To watch would be NZ Sprintcar Championship or Palmy Teams,
but personally Opening Night!
Who do you admire most in motorsport and why?
Rodney Wood he’s just the GOAT
Let’s talk about Baypark Speedway,
- What made you decide to run the Mighty M?
- It’s my home track & who would turn down the opportunity to run as such an awesome venue.
- What would you like to see improve for both the speedway and your class?
- I would like to see more competitors choosing to race at Baypark in the ministock class.
Tell us about your sponsors, what kind of business they run and the support you get from them.
Barclay Engravers – Major sponsor. Light Engineering, Trophies, Medals, Commercial Engraving. www.barclayengravers.co.nz
Maungatapu Motors – Mechanical repairs & WOF. Peter (pop) & Ryan Hunt bloody good buggers & repair & maintain the car during the season. https://www.facebook.com/MaungatapuMotors29/
Bay Karts – Outdoor go kart track here in Mt Maunganui – Go check them out for some mean fun. I get plenty of track time from Lance & the team to keep up the race pace fitness. https://baykarts.co.nz/
Hirepool – For all your hire needs. Stores my car in their yard. https://www.hirepool.co.nz
Tune Up – Mechanical Repairs. Euan helps us out with parts & tyres. https://www.tuneup.co.nz/
Autoair Tauranga – Automotive Climate Specialists. Josh helps wherever needed. https://www.autoairtga.co.nz/
DANZ Engineering – Specialize in designing & building Hydro-Excavation, Vacuum & Jetting and Sanitation trucks.– Dan & the team help us out with the steel work.
We know sponsors play a big part but so do crews and families, tell us about your support team?
Mum, Stepdad Myk Gerbes, Mikaere Gerbes, and Grandad, lots of others that lend a hand too.
Final words …… What would you like to say to your fans and the wider speedway community?
Make sure you come down to see us in the pits, we love sharing our cars & always have plenty of stickers on hand for the kids!