McRae in thrilling speedway upset

21:28, Dec 09 2012

It was a Southlander who provided the boilover in the New Zealand solo under-21 speedway event on Saturday night.

The Oreti Park Speedway near Invercargill hosted the 2012 New Zealand solo under-21 speedway and that title attracted the cream of the crop, as far as young speedway talent goes, to Southland to compete on Saturday night.

They came from as far away as Auckland to try to etch their name on the trophy but it was Gore's Jack MacRae who came out triumphant.

There were four heats held to find the top five riders to progress to the final.

Southland had two competitors flying the province's flag in the final with 16-year-old Verdon College student Hayden Sims also showing plenty of promise to make the final five.

MacRae's victory was obviously a popular one on the home track as he became the first born-and-bred Southlander to win the New Zealand solo under-21 title.


Grant Tregoning had previously won the title representing the Oreti Park Speedway club.

However, he is based in Christchurch.

Oreti Park Speedway president Warren Shuttleworth was obviously delighted with what one of its club members had produced.

"It was a bit of an upset to say the least," he said yesterday.

The win opens some more doors for the talented 18-year-old.

It means he could potentially represent New Zealand at the world under-21 solo championships, although there is a big financially commitment required to head to Europe and race.

The Oreti Park Speedway's next meeting is scheduled for January 19, which is the New Year pairs meet.