|Oreti Park Speedway
rider Grant Tregoning is no stranger to winning titles – but memories of
a special mate ensured Saturday’s victory was “the best yet”.
Tregoning, the current
NZ under-21 champion, won the Andy Tree Memorial Trophy at his home circuit,
near Invercargill, on Saturday. Andy Tree, of Invercargill, was one of
New Zealand’s rising speedway stars and was about to embark on a professional
career in England before his untimely death last year.
After competing in
the World Under-21 Qualifying Solo Championship, Tregoning returned home
from Europe earlier this month to ride in honour of his friend. “I
would not have missed Andy’s memorial meeting for anything,” Tregoning
said. “It’s nice to be home.”
Tregoning was in
dynamic form at the fixture, claiming a maximum 18 points from three rides.
Christchurch rider Dale Finch was second on 14 points, followed by Invercargill
riders Paul Hayes on 12 points and Alex Cunningham, another close mate
of Tree’s, on 8 points. Cunningham suffered mechanical failure and
after qualifying jumped on a borrowed bike to race in the finals.
The only incident
of the night saw Josh O’Docherty, of Christchurch, have a spectacular spill.
After being released from hospital, he returned to the track sporting an
extremely swollen broken nose.
The sidecars again
provided impressive entertainment with local man Fraser Gillespie and swinger
David Uitentuis proving an untouchable combination. Two new pairings -
the 16i team of Jason Harpur and Mark George and 58i team of Aiden Thwaites
and Lyndon Mair – showed that new passengers wasn’t a disadvantage, finishing
the meeting second-equal along with the normally invincible combination
of Shaun Kerr and Robin Poole on 48i and the experienced team of Kevin
McDonald and Karl Hosie on bike 23i.
Full results can
be viewed on www.oretiparkspeedway.com.
The next meeting scheduled is a club day on 14th November 2009 with racing
beginning at 5pm.