Goulburn Speedway Club's new track surface

READY FOR RACING: Goulburn Speedway race secretary Tony Kranitis after gouging out a couple of stray rocks from the new clay racing surface ready for Saturday night. Photo: Darryl Fernance
READY FOR RACING: Goulburn Speedway race secretary Tony Kranitis after gouging out a couple of stray rocks from the new clay racing surface ready for Saturday night. Photo: Darryl Fernance

Goulburn Speedway is holding its final event for the season on Saturday night. Racing will include the ACT Formula 500 Championships and the Australian Championships for GP Midgets.

Both these classes are expected to attract large fields, as drivers and crews look to carry the number one plate into next season.

Also on the program are the Southern Super Sedans with their V8 methanol fuelled power plants.

Rounding out the 23-race program are the popular Compact Speedcars.

This year there is no demolition derby due to a recent change in safety regulations. But it is a pretty full program and drivers from all classes will be looking forward to trying out the new clay surface.

Over the past few weeks locals would notice a big hole where Marian College once stood.

Clay from that hole, some 3000 tonne, has been spread, rolled and watered in to make a new surface for racing. The club has also added some concrete safety barrier blocks on the infield, thanks to Boral. 

Speedway Club race secretary Tony Kranitis said a lot of work had been put in by a small band of people and much of the cost of this new surface had been donated. David Matthews, Divalls, Paul, Charli and Kurt Kranitis, Hilton Hornbrook, John Dean and others have spent many hours rebuilding and shaping the racing surface.

“We are really grateful for the donation of the clay, which will vastly improve the quality of our track,” Mr Kranitis said. 

“Also to the people who have used their expertise to shape and compress the track. It is not often that we get such a large donation of material and community support.

“Goulburn has had a very sucessful season with plenty of local spectator support. There has been some very spectacular racing and we have received good entries from the various car categories that supported the meetings.”

While Saturday night is the final meeting of the season for the club, the committee will not be idle as they have lots of improvement work they want to implement during the winter off-season.

Volunteers are welcome so get in touch with the committee through their Facebook page or website.

“We will be doing quite a lot of work on our facility during the off-season so that when we return to racing in spring, spectators, officials and drivers will all notice the improvements,” Mr Kranitis said. 

“Because daylight saving has ended and the sun sets earlier, speedway gates will open at 2pm on Saturday with racing starting at 4pm instead of 6pm.”

The canteen will be operating and spectators are reminded to bring warm clothing as the evening gets cool.

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