Tracks

Wanganui Speedway



Last Visited - 2011

Location - As the name suggests the track is located close to the sea. Leave Wanganui and head towards Palmerston North. Go across the bridge over the river and hang a right. If in doubt follow directions to the airport as the track is literally just around the corner from the airport. Indeed if an aircraft does land during the meeting you may be convinced the aircraft will be landing on the track such is the proximity of the airport.


Parking - Parking appeared to be limited to the area around the track and surrounding paddocks. The paddocks were filled with gorse and a four wheel drive would have been a more appropriate weapon of choice than my car. Indeed a four wheel drive comes recommended for much of the parking around the speedway and the road borders on grassed banks.


Premiere Meeting - It's a calendar void of any recognisable events. Your best bet might be the West Coast Superstock Champs but even that could be a push. I've never been to one but if the reports in NZDTR magazine are anything to go by you might get a field of about a dozen cars.


Also worth attending - West Coast Stockcar Champs, West Coast Sidecar Champs


Best spot to sit - Turn one and two is bordered by a massive bank that is terraced for fan viewing. This is where the action happens and is a popular spot to sit. The terrace is protected by perhaps the highest safety fence at any speedway in New Zealand - it's massive. Other areas are also good with enough banking to provide fans with a good view regardless of seating position.


Classes run - Superstocks, Stockcars, Adult Ministocks, Youth Ministocks, Sidecars, Production Saloons


Uniqueness - Wanganui is an egg shaped track with a very tight turn 1 & 2 followed by a sweeping turn 3 & 4. Turn 1 & 2 is where it all happens. It's an impossibility for a large field to get through the corner without some sort of action unfolding. The entrance is tight and the exit is even tighter, numerous cars found the wall exiting turn 2 when Percy was in attendance. Overall the track is one of the more pleasant to spectate at.