Season Preview. 2012/2013
Here we are about 1 month out from first practice and enthusiasm for the season is still somewhat lacking. By now we would normally be hanging out for a skid but not so this year, maybe 26 consecutive years of racing is starting to catch up on us motivation wise.
We have done some hard talking the last few weeks and we have realised that we simply can’t justify the time and money to run a full season of racing like we have always done. Last year we ran at 20 meetings and it took its toll on the wallet and the families. We have decided to get some better balance in play between racing and other interests that we hope will re-boot some enthusiasm for the sport when we do run, to this end we have decided to limit our runs this year to about 12 shows. We hope by doing this it will extend our involvement in the sport for a few more seasons.
November 24th Rotorua BOP Champs
This is 8 of the meetings we have chosen and it leaves 4 more to be added. At this stage we are undecided about Whangarei on December 22nd prior to Christmas and we will make a call on the meetings after the NZGP nearer the time. One meeting we have had to decline is the return visit to Palmerston North to try and defend our Manawatu title we won last season. This meeting has been scheduled to run on the finals night of the teams champs in February but we have exhausted all avenues in trying to get the accommodation we need for the team so have made the regrettable early call to pull the pin on this one. We always like to try and defend the titles we currently hold but sometimes the stars simply don’t line up.
As you can see from our proposed dates above it results in us running very few meetings at home this season. It is likely we do no more than 2-3 meetings at Waikaraka, the Dirt Cup is locked in and we will try to defend our Auckland Mod Champ title assuming a date is confirmed that allows us to front. Our third and only other meeting at Waikaraka will likely be pre Xmas if the mods are scheduled so we can get a shakedown run with the new engine. Hopefully the remaining Auckland mods step up and put on some great racing. Without Foxy there dominating proceedings it should mean that the racing will be competitive and this will result in the wins being spread around a bit more which will do the confidence of the other drivers a lot of good. The Auckland mod class needs to get accustomed to not having the 11a mod around.
That’s about it for now so we will see you around the traps come race time.