There was plenty of speedway action as the Golden Central Cup roared into life in Cromwell on Saturday.

Hosted by the Central Motor Speedway Club, the event was one of the first held under the newly implemented traffic light system which came into effect the day prior. The South Island is at Orange.

Sprintcars, ministocks, production, six shooters and saloon club champs all brought the entertainment for the spectators with racing close across the sections.

Club president Andy Erskine said the Golden Central Cup was new for the club.

“When Speedway NZ postponed the South Island sprintcar title to 2022, we created the Golden Central Cup feature for sprintcars,” he said.

Spinning dirt . . Josh Buchanan roars into second place in the Golden Central Cup Sprintcars group A in Cromwell on Saturday night. PHOTO: FADED PHOTOGRAPHY

Sprintcar driver Jamie Duff placed first in the Golden Central Cup Sprintcars: Group A and said it was a “fantastic” night of racing.

Club secretary Kylie Murdoch said the committee had worked hard behind the scenes to follow all New Zealand Government protocols to ensure it could continue to hold motor racing events.

“Everybody had their vaccine passports open and ready at the gates working really well,” she said.


Sprintcars: Group A: 1, Jamie Duff; 2, Josh Buchanan; 3, Nigel Colvin.

Sprintcars: Group B: 1, Jason Scott; 2, Ross McKinnel; 3, Mark Evans.