Let’s Talk – With Luke McClymont

Years racing:  8
Home track: 
Baypark
Feature wins: 
Lucky enough to win a few in both classes
Classes raced
Ministock & Six Shooter

Sponsors

McLeod Cranes and Hiabs – https://www.mcleod.nz

Hynds – https://www.hynds.co.nz

Tree Control – https://treecontrol.co.nz

GrimeOff – https://grimeoff.co.nz

Chiropractors on Fraser – http://www.chiropractorsonfraser.co.nz

Rods by Reid – https://rodsbyreid.co.nz

Kopu Tyres – https://www.koputyreservice.co.nz

Linkup Paints BOP Ltd – https://www.linkup.co.nz

Danz Engineering – https://www.facebook.com/DanzEngineering/

Bay Civil Ltd Papamoa – https://www.baycivil.co.nz

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

I started racing in the 2014/15 season. My grandfather, my pop, and my old man all raced, so speedway was in my blood growing up. It was only going to be a matter of time before I got behind the wheel.

What classes have you run over the years?

Started of in Ministock which I raced for 5 years before aging out and deciding to buy a Six Shooter. I am now in my 3rd season of running it.

What are you most proud of in your racing career?

Making my family proud by representing our family name in the sport we all love.

What titles have you received while racing?

👉 Ministock:

1st Junior MIP

2nd Senior MIP

1st Overall points Baypark x2

1st Gizzy 100

1st Kihikihi Stampede

2nd Future of speedway

1st Interclub challenge with my Cousin

1st Bay champs

Speedway NZ Competitor of the year Ministocks

👉 Six Shooter:

SNZ Competitor of the year x2

1st Baypark Overall Top points x2

1st Feature points x2

1st Auckland champs x3

1st King of the park x2

1st Predator Series

1st Bay Champs

1st King of the bay

1st Bay Super Sundown

1st V6 Wingless Rumble x2

3rd 0800 Muscle Series

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

Baypark, the racing there is second to none as it’s always challenging, fast, and exciting.

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

Keeping busy with work and going for the odd bike ride here and there. I find myself watching old racing videos on YouTube during downtime and reflecting on what I could have done differently.

What do you hope to achieve next season?

The main goal is to be competitive and place in the top 3 every weekend.

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

Having patience, and being mentally and physically fit.

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

Just a general winter freshen up.

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 adrenaline and thrill.

What is your favourite race on the NZ race calendar?

Smith Racing Rumble in Ruapuna and Bay Champs.

Who do you admire most in motorsport and why?

My Dad. Without his continuous support and guidance, I would not be where I am now. His knowledge, passion for the sport, and dedication have had a massive impact on me throughout the years.

Let’s talk about Baypark Speedway,

  • What made you decide to run the Mighty M?

My Pop and Dad ran it and nothing beats running the Mighty M.

  • What do you think of the changes and the way direction the speedway is moving?

Rodney Wood and the promotion team have done an amazing job at bringing the place back to where it should be. Can’t thank these people enough for the dedication and time they invest in the sport. 

  • What would you like to see improve for both the speedway and your class?

More interaction with the spectators and kids, as well as more meetings for our class.

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

McLeod Cranes and Hiabs – Crane hire and transport.

Hynds – New Zealand’s premier product supplier for water and water-based waste.

Tree Control – Unique high reach and high-quality tree care services.

GrimeOff – Commercial building and house washing specialists.

Chiropractors on Fraser – Helps your body function at its highest capacity.

Rods by Reid – One of New Zealand’s top hot rod manufacturers and suppliers.

Kopu Tyres –  For all your tyre needs.

Linkup Paints BOP Ltd – All paint supplies.

Danz Engineering – For all your engineering needs.

Bay Civil Ltd Papamoa – Civil engineering, subdivision and earth works. 

I couldn’t do it without the support from all these amazing people.

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

We have a massive support crew backing us and always have.

I especially want to mention:

– Mum & Dad

– Nana & Pop

– My girlfriend Dayna

– Emma, Payton, Danielle & Jack

Without these guys, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. Their dedication and support means a lot to me and I’m forever grateful for all they do.

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

Make sure you get down and support your local speedway track. Come on down to the pits before the night begins, it’s always a pleasure to engage with you guys.