Tregoning reigns over rain
Solo rider Grant Tregoning led the charge as Oreti Park Speedway collected an impressive haul of placings at the Short Track Nationals in Christchurch on Sunday.
Tregoning proved unstoppable in the solo ranks, winning all of his heats convincingly before dominating Moore Park riders Andy Aldridge and Ryan Moss on their home track in the final.
"It's always good competition between me and Andy and I really wanted to retain this title so it feels great to achieve that," Tregoning said.
"The only way to describe it is tough. Just all the rain they've had lately made it a tough track to ride but at the end of the day it was the same track for everyone and you can't have a perfect track week in, week out. You just have to adapt to stuff like this and get on with it."
Tregoning was one of just three New Zealand riders to earn a place at the international FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Auckland last month, experiencing life on the world stage.
"It was unreal. What it taught me was used today and is really having an impact on my riding."
The intensity of the sidecar field was a highlight for spectators.
Following a clean sweep in the heats to earn top qualifier status, Oreti's James Douglas and Ricky Pubben looked the team to beat heading into the semifinals but were left rueing poor gate selection.
Erwin Tree and Nigel Cuckow continued their consistent form on the day to join fellow Oreti duo Craig McMaster and James Dawson in the final stanza alongside local teams Lionel Green and Anthony Knowles and Aaron Ray and Karl Foster.
Home track advantage ultimately proved the difference, with Green and Knowles taking the honours ahead of Ray and Foster.
Grabbing third overall, Tree and Cuckow were aptly rewarded for a strong season.
In the junior divisions, Cormac Buchanan clinched second overall on his 50cc bike, impressing with one win and three seconds against a field of larger 70cc machines. In the junior 125 class, Sam Taylor set a scorching pace and secured third overall in a competitive field.
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