Years racing: 7
Home track: Baypark Speedway Mount Maunganui
Feature wins: 5
Classes raced: Ministock, Stockcar, Superstock
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When did you start racing and how did you get into it?
2002, been around the sport since a young lad supporting from the stands and always wanted to get into it 🙂
What classes have you run over the years?
Started out in Ministocks when I was 15 then had a few years off to save up and get a Stockcar, purchased a Stockcar when I was 19 raced out of Auckland for 4 years then moved down to Tauranga and ran out of Rotorua for a season before moving overseas, got back into the sport 2 years ago, brought a Stockcar then progressed into Superstocks last season.
What are you most proud of in your racing career?
Winning Huntly Teams Invitation with the Auckland Alleycats 09/10 in my first Stockcar teams event, good times ;p Getting a Superstock and just everything that goes with it!
What titles have you received while racing?
Baypark Superstock Champ 20/21, couple other local podiums but no major events yet, still working on that one 😉
What is your all-time favourite track to race at and why?
Rotorua, hard fast racing and lots of racing contact keeps it intense and the heart pumping, Stratford is wicked, epic post meeting banter in the clubrooms too
What are you currently doing in the off-season and how do you prepare mentally and physically for this sport?
Bit of a refresh on a few bits, nothing too major as we didn’t do too many meetings this season, working on spares and doing some more fit-outs to our transporter. Lots of outdoor activities, biking, running and a bit of training, surrounding myself with good people on the same buzz
What do you hope to achieve next season?
–Give myself the best opportunity to Qualify for the Major NZ Titles
–Get Selected to Teams race
–Create good memories with my team and fellow racers
What characteristics do you think are important to becoming successful in racing?
Commitment to whatever your doing, you gotta be ALL-IN, Setting goals and have the belief in yourself to achieve the goals you’ve set.
What is happening with your car in the off-season any major changes we should look out for once the season starts?
Working with another Charity to help fundraise some funds to support their cause
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 time and effort it takes to get to the track week in week out
What is your favourite race on the NZ race calendar?
Palmy Superstock teams, World 240’s Championship
Who do you admire most in motorsport and why?
Gary Lonergan, all round GC & He’s someone who’s ALL-IN, dedicated to the cause, and all the other legends who get in any sort of racecar
Let’s talk about Baypark Speedway.
- What made you decide to run the Mighty M?
- Sponsorship and getting to Teams race with my mate Ryan Hunt
- What do you think of the changes and the direction the speedway is moving?
- Some positive, some could be better, but I wouldn’t complain as the people who run it do a great job and put huge amounts of time and effort in.
- What would you like to see improve for both the speedway and your class?
- It’s heading the right way, just trying to be more professional overall as speedway in general, to help gain bigger sponsors to tracks which will help support the driver’s getting to that track ect.
Tell us about your sponsors, what kind of business they run and the support you get from them?
–Each of my Team Partners and Sponsors help out in a different way, they’re all legends and their support goes a long way to making the SEFROracing team what it is, I’m very grateful for the support they give myself and the team as it helps us give our Superstock campaign and the big meetings we attend our best chance at competing on the big stage!
We know sponsors play a big part but so do crews and families, tell us about your support team? –
–Megan my finance is epic, it’s a tough sport, she supports the cause and all the time and $ we put into it, my crew, Jaceon, Noel, Dave, Tony, Tomo, Jackie, Brad and Georgia all support where they can and the help is wicked, can’t do the sport without them!
Final words …… What would you like to say to your fans and the wider speedway community?
Keep coming to speedway and get into the pits, buy merch and interact with the different teams, everyone is generally always more than happy to let ya kids sit in their cars 🙂 I was just a fan and still am, good to meet all the different people who travel around the country following the sport.
Thanks for those who support myself and the SEFROracing team, it’s much appreciated, wicked seeing people rep our gears and hearing ya yell out fom the stands, we’ll be bringing another good vibe this coming season and be ready to Hiss 😉