Central drivers in fast and furious speedway action

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PAM JONES
@alliedpress.co.nz

Fast and furious action filled the course at Central Motor Speedway last weekend, and Cromwell driver Graham Williamson was in the thick of it.

His custom-built Hyper Mac Mustang Saloon is a regular sight at the speedway events, last weekend once again providing the “great fun” Williamson enjoys on the track.

“It’s just good fun. I like going fast, and I like winning.”

Williamson is in his fourth season of racing, having been talked into it by speedway president Daryl Ainsley.

“He knocked on my door and said: ‘You’ve got to buy my car’.”

Williamson bought the car and started racing and now the Mustang is taking him to South Island success.

Last year he finished second in the South Island Series for saloons, this year he has been selected as one of the top eight cars in the the South Island to compete against the top eight from the North Island in the “North vs South Series” in Blenheim this month.

Last year Williamson also took part in the series and the South Island drivers “went good”, Williamson winning a feature race.

This year he has his sights set higher, banking further on the South Island drivers’ success.

“We’re going to win it. That’s the plan.”

Fellow speedway driver Ivan Murdoch, of Cromwell, is also taking part in the North vs South Series.

In the family .. Alexandra father and son racing duo Shaun Couper (left) and Brayden Couper get ready to race at the Central Motor Speedway on Saturday. PHOTO: PAM JONES

Last week’s racing also featured father-and-son duo Shaun and Brayden Couper.

The Alexandra pair both race in the six shooters class, Brayden in his third season and Shaun in his second season.

Brayden, who finished third overall in the six shooters on Saturday, is aiming for a top-three finish based on points for the entire season, which finishes in April.

He has been racing at the Cromwell speedway since he was 12, starting out in youth ministocks. He helped build his own ministock and has spent years doing up – “panel, paint, motor, gearbox, exhaust …” – another car at home, a Holden HG Kingswood.

Brayden said it sometimes got “pretty competitive” with his father on the racetrack, but Brayden was usually the one who “wants to win”, and his father was “more in it for fun”.