A national speedway Midget Car title decided over a series of races, rather than at a one-off event, appears to be moving slowly closer.
A Midget Car series involving several North Island tracks is mooted for this season and looks set to get the green light in the next couple of weeks.
Though based on Auckland’s Western Springs, the series is expected to appear at Palmerston North, Stratford, Napier, Huntly, Kihikihi and Waikaraka Park (Auckland’s home of stock car racing) if it gets the go-ahead.
Springs Promotions’ Dave Stewart says that because of the restrictions on the number of meetings that can be run at Western Springs, there’s a need for more races to justify drivers spending money on cars.
Western Springs has its own national series, and Stewart hopes that the additional races will become part of that.
All going well, he hopes that eventually approval will be given for a true national championship.
“At the moment, someone who has been fast all season can have a bad night and miss out on the championship,” he says.
“At the moment there’s always a fight between the tracks to get the championship, but with the series you can be sure to get a true champion and each track gets the chance to be part of it.”
Stewart hopes negotiations with the Auckland City Council will lead to more time being available to prepare the Western Springs track surface this season.
The inconsistent and bumpy racing surface has been contentious with drivers in the past couple of seasons.