Nine weeks to go!
The 2009/10 season will be Foxy's 24th season racing modifieds and he is just as motivated this season as he was in his first.
We have been very lucky over the years with the great support afforded us by our sponsors. CSL Containers, BDC Engineering and Fastening Solutions have supported our efforts for numerous years and they are all back again to do likewise this season. We would like to thank them all for their continued support and we hope we will be able to reward them by posting some great results this season.
Our race calendar has been updated with our schedule this season and at this stage we plan to make a practice or two in October to smooth out any gremlins prior to opening night on October 31st. Last year we were a late starter and we paid for that in the early part of the season, this season we are determined things will be different.
The current economic climate will no doubt impact on competitor and crowd numbers and it is important that good fields and good meetings are put in place right from the word go otherwise the sport will suffer for public support. Good work is being done by Craig McLeish, the Auckland Modified Rep in communicating with the other tracks outlining what events we will be running in Auckland. The plan is to get together some sort of reciprocal relationship going so that most meetings will deliver a good competitive field of mods. As a team we are prepared to support the tracks that support us with car numbers and, in recognition of this, we plan multiple trips to both Rotorua and Stratford this season. It is important that Auckland and Stratford work together this season as between us we hold the majority of the competitive mods in the North Island, in fact it would be more than possible to run 20 car fields made up of Auckland and Stratford cars only.
After serious consideration we can confirm we will be making the trip down to Christchurch for this seasons NZ champs in January. All arrangements have been made and we intend to travel down in time to run the shakedown meeting scheduled for January 2nd so we can get a run prior to the big one for the season. It was a toss up between coming down a week early, and having a run prior to the champs, or running the NZ's without a prior run and staying on for the GP in Greymouth. We decided that the NZ Champs were more important and are therefore bypassing the GP for this season. This is disappointing but 3 weeks away is just too demanding on the crew and their families.
The new committee at the Park seem to be making all the right moves at this stage and, at the time of writing this, it had not been officially announced who the new promotions people would be. We have been assured that the mod class features highly in the promoters thinking and the plan is to put on some good shows this season. Hopefully this pans out and that our premier events, like the Dirt Cup, are promoted well and that effort is made to attract a couple of South Island guys up to make the event a truly national event like it should be.
All in all we have a lot more dates planned for this season than we did last season. Only running 12 shows last year meant that it was hard to get any traction as it seems we would race 2 or 3 nights then have 2 or 3 weeks off. Not great if you want to get something going. This season we have 18 meets scheduled with the possibility of a few more being added. The other downside to running only 12 meets is that decisions have to be made with regard to maintenance. Do you do a normal season rebuild or do you push the boundaries and try to run another 18-20 odd meets without the rebuild! After discussions with Tony Marsh from Marsh Motorsports we have decided on the rebuild, even though the engine was new last year and has only done 12 meets we are not willing to take any risks. We want Foxy focused on racing hard and not having to worry about if the engine will last the season!!
The car has been stripped and after a wee tidy up the chassis will be with the sandblasters and powder coaters by the end of the month. The engine will be with Tony this week and we expect that we will have it back early September. All going well the car will be back together and ready to go by mid / late September. This gives us plenty of time to make the first practice if we so wish.
Good luck to all the mod guys this season and let's hope we see some good fast racing this season. The NZ champs will be a tough old battle this season with the South island boys (and girl!) determined to have the #1nz machine running down there after Jan 9th. With the likes of Glen, Luke, Mike and Tash all having the gear and skills to do the business it could be the best chance the SI has had to do the job this season since the days of Keegan senior and Frosty a few years back. With Stratty fronting with up to 6 serious contenders for the title and, the ever consistent Auckland lot as well, this year's title event promises to be a doozey!
See ya at the track