Cromwell played host to a weekend of racing during the Easter holiday in an exciting end to a Covid-challenged season.

Thousands of people turned up on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday to watch the racing and experience the atmosphere, Central Motor Speedway club president Andy Erskine said.

On Good Friday, Hydraulink War Of The Wings teams suited up for round four of the series.

Twenty-one cars lined up for the 30-lap feature final and the action enthralled spectators.

With only two laps to run and clearly leading the race, Stephen Taylor had the inside rear tyre explode at turn three, sending him out towards the wall then up into the wire catch-fence, leaving him hanging.

Connor Rangi won the final with Cromwell’s Nigel Colvin in second place, just ahead of Steve Duff in third.

George Phillips, of Cromwell, broke the saloon track record on his way to a win in heat one of saloons racing, was a clear second in heat two and won race three.

Mechanical issues on Easter Sunday put him out of contention for a podium placing.

The King of Cromwell sprint car races were clean and fast, with the title hotly contended. The win was finally awarded to Jayden Dodge.

The Youth Ministock Goldrush Challenge saw the youngest racers fight it out for the title.

The Goldrush Challenge has been running now for four seasons. The club started it as a positive activity to encourage local youth, and it has grown every year.

Mr Erskine said the race was something for young drivers to aspire to.

“Through the season, they gain experience, improve skills and confidence,” he said.

“This is a way for them all to show that on the track.”

The Demolition Derby was a fun end to racing with some hard hits and lots of laughter erupting from the crowd.

Lee Carter won as the last car still rolling.

Mr Erskine said the demolition derby was a great finale to the season, and a real spectacle for the crowds.

He had never seen that many people turn out for the Easter races, he said.

“[It was] one of the best Easters we’ve had fantastic end to a rollercoaster of a season.”