Stop Press: Seventeen-year-old USA sprintcar star, Buddy Kofoid wins 2018/18 NZ Sprintcar GP.
Last night (Tues, Feb 29) Buddy continued his winning ways at Riverside Speedway.
Next stop is Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway where tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday he’ll be the driver to beat in the Civil Construction 2019 New Zealand Sprintcar Title.
Congratulations to GP second and third place getters, the two Jamie’s, Larsen, and McDonald.
LATEST NEWS: DRIVER'S LIST ... 2NZ Michael Pickens ... 4A Daniel Rogers ... 4T Kyle Shearing ... 6N Alicia McLauchlan ... 6T Whetu Taewa ... 7C Jason Manson ... 8USA Buddy Kofoid ... 10T Nathan Astle ... 15C Steve Duff Jnr ... 16T Mathew Anderson ... 19C Jamie Duff ... 21I Colin Entwisle ... 21P Stephen Taylor ... 27I Daniel McKinnel ... 28P Tony Uhlenberg ... 32C Martin Harcourt ... 41T Jayden Dodge ... 42P Stuart Rose ... 42T Nigel Colvin ... 44T Daniel Anderson ... 46E Paddy North ... 51M Rodney Wood ... 54I Jason Pryde ... 54C Brent Gaudion ... 57N Connor Rangi ... 59C Caleb Baughan ... 64C Matt Honeywell ... 71A Jamie McDonald ... 73C Shaun Ashton ... 75N Sam O'Callaghan ... 78C Matthew Leversedge ... 82P Jamie Larsen ... 87C Luke Keegan ... 88T Jason Scott ... 91T Andy Erskine ... 95C Ray Baughan ... 96I Ross McKinnel ... 98T Mark Evans. Withdrawal: 89N Jason Smith.
It’s the ‘Attack of Winged Demons’ with some 38 sprintcars from all over NZ and at least one International rattling their cages impatient to invade Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway on Friday, Feb 1 and Saturday, Feb 2 for the Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title. Two evenings of 160kph wheel-to-wheel combat for the honour and bragging rights of becoming 1NZ.
Will this be the USA super star 17-year-old Buddy Kofoid or one of too many to list home grown heroes like 2014-15 1NZ Jamie ‘Duffman’ Duff, 18-year-old up Connor Rangi, 2016-17 1NZ Jamie Larsen, 2017-18 2NZ Michael Pickens or 2016-17 3NZ Jamie McDonald? . Since arriving in New Zealand on December 28, Buddy has already made a big name for himself for his blistering pace with feature race wins at Central Motor Speedway and also Ruapuna where he’s knocked 5 seconds off the 15 lap record.
Both evenings are guaranteed to be action-packed to the extreme with drivers pushing it to the limit to gain valuable points during heats to not only be one of the 18 to compete in the final but to also secure the best grid positions. The format is for the 39 starters to be seeded into 6 groups … Bermuda Pools, X Factor Cars, HPE, Barnett Scaffolding, Lakeland Glass and Kiwi Kids eduCare Centres… competing in three heats each evening. Two further heats on Saturday will sort 16 top cars to compete in the Title final. The remaining 20 plus sprintcars will then pull out all the stops in the B-main for finishes that on accumulated points will make them the two to advance to the 18 sprintcar Title race. A race to beat all races!
Racing starts at 6pm both days with lots of other fast and favourite classes on the clay including six-shooters, saloons and super saloons, productions and youth ministocks. There will be food concessions and a few surprises that all add up to a memorable family day out where if you are early enough, gates open at 4pm for parking around the track … one of only two or three speedway tracks country-wide able to offer this.
A meeting as huge as this would not be possible without sponsorship with special mention of Civil Construction that since its establishment in 2011 has built an enviable reputation throughout Central Otago and beyond in earthworks, drainage, civil works, roading and general contracting. Supporting the 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title is part of Civil Construction’s focus on community involvement and putting people first.