Lets talk – with Jarred Fletcher

Years racing: 14
Home track: Baypark 
Feature wins: 20+
Classes raced: Ministock, Super Saloon, Saloon

Sponsors: Spray Pump Services, Metalcraft Roofing, OnSite Ready Mix concrete, Fletcher Sheds, Cross auto electrical, Tyre Traders, Engine dynamics.

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

I started racing when I was 12. Racing is in my blood, my grandfather and dad both raced so I was always looking forward to my chance to get out on track.

What classes have you run over the years?

I raced a Ministock from 12-17, a super saloon I shared with Dad for a couple of years then I took 2 years off to build our current saloon.

What are you most proud of in your racing career?

Being the current back to back North island champion.

What titles have you received while racing?

1st North Island Champs 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. Bay of plenty champion 3 years in a row. Waikato saloon champ, current King country saloon champ, Current PitStop saloon series champ, 2nd Nz Grand prix.

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

Meeanee is always a favourite, its a fast and tight track that suits my driving style.

What are you currently doing in the off-season and how do you prepare mentally and physically for this sport?

I play the odd game of rugby and go to the gym a few times a week to keep my fitness levels up for the racing season. I find being fit makes a big difference my driving and decision making on track.

What do you hope to achieve next season?

The same as every saloon driver I guess? To win a NZ title. Its always been a dream of mine and we are chasing it hard.

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

The ability to make split second decisions in the heat of battle and dedication in the shed to every little detail that goes into the car.

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

No major changes this off season just a new body and a few minor changes to the car.

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 pure thrill of high intensity side by side racing lap after lap, with some of the best saloon car drivers in the country. There is nothing like the feeling of throwing your car into the corner with 100% commitment hoping to get that split second over your other competitor. Win or lose this feeling cannot be replaced anything else.

What is your favourite race on the NZ race calendar?

NZ Saloon champs, the build up and excitement of the biggest race of the year is such an atmosphere.

Who do you admire most in motorsport and why?

My dad Geoff Fletcher, he was my idol and inspiration growing up. Watching him race and win always fed my passion for racing.

Let’s talk about Baypark Speedway,

  • What made you decide to run the Mighty M?
  • Its one of the tracks closest to our house in Cambridge and has always had some of the best saloon car drivers racing there.
  • What do you think of the changes and the way direction the speedway is moving?
  • I think the work being done on promoting our sport and track has been a huge refresh on past attempts. Social media is a huge part of our society now and tracks need to have an active presence to keep the support numbers up and spectators in seats. 
  • What would you like to see improve for both the speedway and your class?
  • The track has made good headway on providing a good racing surface and i hope this continues as this has in the past been one of the downfalls of Baypark. This season i would like to see saloons added to more events and promoted with more notice so other out of towners can get in on the action. Last season our class was given very short notice on meetings and this made it difficult to attract big numbers. 

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

Fletcher Motorsport is built around family. My mum, dad, wife and 4 daughters enjoy racing just as much as i do and attend just about every meeting. Dad is always in the shed ready to help work on the car each week to get it in tip-top shape. Our pitcrew are made up of family and great friends which always makes for a great night and lots of laughs along the way.

Final words …… Speedway would be nothing without the fans and supporters and we appreciate everyone turning up and watching us do what we love.