|The Season is (nearly) started.|
Sept 17th was to have been the first practice of the season at Waikaraka Speedway.
A storm that hit the Northern region brought rain and no cars ventured out on the track.
Another pre-season run for Auckland competitors is sceduled for Saturday 24th September and the first meeting is listed as being October 8th.
The ASSCC committee has embarked on a long overdue freshening of the facilities at Waikaraka Park. The grass bank in Cemetery bend has been redeveloped to provide terracing and the lap scorers box is being replaced. Unfortunately the renovations have yet to be completed. The crowd safety fence was removed to allow for the earthworks and until it is replaced the track can not get a SNZ license. Other work needing to be completed is the transformer for the Cemetery Bend light tower needs to be put back and reconnected and the new lap scorers box erected on site.
Meanwhile the calendar has still not be made official. The $10,000 Dirt Cup is a victim of the crowded calendar and a new date could not be arranged and the Modified event will not be raced in 2006.
The Super Saloon Speedweek featuring 16 cars, 7 from the South Island is scheduled but yet to be confirmed. The Modified GP and the Telstra Saloon series will take place on Dec 31st and a fireworks display will be organised to be set off at the conclusion of the racing. The New Zealand Super Saloon GP will be raced on January 7th.
Although most Auckland Champs will be raced on Dec 10th, the local Championships for Stockcars and Sidecars could not be raced on that date. The alternative date for the Auckland Stockcar Championships has also proved unsatisfactory so the promotion team is considering re-instating the cancelled March 4th meeting and running the Auckland Stockcar Championship on that date.
The MiniStox section will have at least two race dates added to the existing calendar.
The Modified, Super Saloon and Super Stock sections will all have a nine race $15,000.00 series during the season. The $15,000.00 series for each of the classes will be contested over three meetings, varying dates depending on which section is racing on any given night. Each race will start the highest points scorer in the series to date off the rear grid. Points are scored 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and it is expected the series will go down to the wire, particularly in a field of twenty, with the points leaders starting off the rear, only the first ten cars across the finish line will score points.
Field numbers look to be good right across the board. Talk is that when the track licence is issued 22 Modifieds will be registered to Auckland. Stockcar numbers are booming, a regular field of 15 Mini Sprints will front and both Saloons and Super Saloons look to have strong support.
The pressure on the pits at most meetings means that drivers will need to 'book-in' for a meeting. The pits at Waikaraka Speedway can accomodate 105 vehicles if everybody parks properly, and the limit will be easily reached at most meetings during the season.