Let’s Talk – With Josh Verity

Years racing:  1
Home track:  Baypark Speedway
Feature wins:  1
Classes Super Saloon

Sponsors –Truck works mechanical & engineering (on the hunt for new sponsorship)

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

I am new behind the wheel ,I brought mark pitchers old car ,I have only just started racing this season ,other than this season I have never driven a race car before (All the gear and no idea haha)

I have always been involved in and around speedway as a kid following and crewing for my Uncle Steve Williams over the years and I would like to follow his foot steps in the speedway world

What classes have you run over the years? Super Saloons

What are you most proud of in your racing career?

As I am only new to the sport so it was all about time in the seat and learning to peddle such a powerful car and just completing laps ,I think jumping straight into a super saloon is definitely a challenge but im pretty stoked to have picked up a couple wins at Waikaraka , one been a feature win,

I have done a pretty good job at just winging it I say

What titles have you received while racing?

None yet …

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

I have raced a few tracks this season but I thoroughly love Waikaraka Park and been able to get a couple wins up there was a great buzz

The commentators loved the car last year, especially the saying on the back how did that come about?

The ‘all the gear and no idea  ‘saying I made up when I brought marks car which has all the bells and whistles and I had never ever driven a race car before so I thought it was quite fitting ,I hadn’t even had a practice run before hitting the dirt at Baypark

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

I am a pretty busy person and live a busy life style finding time for speedway was a challenge  , I own 3 business in the mount and in new Plymouth so that keeps me pretty occupied ,I am currently rebuilding the engine and giving the car a bit of a birthday and tidy up ,was looking a bit worse for wear, I thought I was reasonable fit (not that I go to the gym or do any fitness) but after a 30lapper I was blown and thought maybe Im not that fit haha, I had to catch my breath in the car afterwards that’s for sure

What do you hope to achieve next season?

Its all about learning for me this season and completing as many races as possible and as much time in the seat so I can become competitive and keep up with the big boys eventually

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

Endurance & stamina Is a key factor. Been a competitive person always helps

Josh leads Chris Cowling around Baypark

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

I am rebuilding the engine and a bit of a tidy up, No major changes

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?

As I have been on the other side of the fence for years watching and you don’t realise how hard is out there on the dirt ,Drivers make it look easier but its definitely not easy

What is your favourite race on the NZ race calendar?

I am looking forward to traveling south for the NZ champs and the Xtreme dirt series

Who do you admire most in motorsport and why?

I have always admired & looked up to my uncle Steve Williams and wanted to follow in his foot steps and now I am here doing that he has achieved and done a lot for speedway over may years

Let’s talk about Baypark Speedway,

  • What made you decide to run the Mighty M?
  • It is my home track
  • What do you think of the changes and the way direction the speedway is moving?
  • Rodney Wood has done an amazing job to the track since looking after it and I look forward to seeing what this season brings
  • What would you like to see improve for both the speedway and your class?
  • Crowds and attracting younger people to speedway weather its to watch or getting behind the wheel ,Our class is definitely growing

Tell us about your sponsors, what kind of business they run and the support you get from them?

I have sponsored myself for my first season as I was unsure of how much time in the seat I would get due to work commitments but this season I am committing 110% so I am looking at new sponsorship to jump aboard so if you are keen sing out

Josh swings it out through Papamoa bend

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

Noel Phipps has been a huge support and mentor for me this season ,he is a wealth of knowledge and I want to do him proud this season ,It wouldn’t be possible without him ,Izzy and all the my truck works crew. They  have been amazing ,

Speedway wouldn’t be possible without crew and family ,so much time goes into been able to turn up to track week in and week out ,there has been many late nights in the workshop that’s for sure

Seeing all the workshop crew and there families getting behind it all makes it all worth it

Final words …… What would you like to say to your fans and the wider speedway community?

Keep on turning up and we will keep on putting on a show ,