Big grunters ripping it up

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Having top drivers such as Fanga Dan at this year’s Waimate 50 brought it up a level, organiser and committee chairman Rob Aikman said.

The Waimate 50, which was held over Labour Weekend and has been running for five years, is a GT motorsport series consisting of three different sprints, combining both gravel and tarmac surfaces.

Mr Aikman said the event went well and having top drivers involved took it to another degree.

“It’s a whole different level. They’re just sensational.”

Some changes had been made to the layout of the track this year and all the spectators and drivers enjoyed the event, Mr Aikman said.

“Everyone’s happy with the new track.”

All in all, it came together and everybody loved it, he said.

Mr Aikman said he estimated they had more than 10,000 spectators on each day, which is more than last year.

Money from the tickets would be used to help pay for the costly event.

The annual Waimate 50 includes a Gravel Hill Climb to the White Horse monument, a Gravel Rally Sprint and a Tarmac Super Sprint around the main streets of Waimate.

In addition, there is a two-day Street Attack, D1NZ Drifting, Stunt Bikes, Promo Girls, Live Bands, Auto Shows and more.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

GO TIME: The sound of roaring engines and the smell of burning rubber  fill the air in central Waimate on Saturday as three of the 20 muscle cars in the Ellis-Lea Farms Invitation event at the Waimate 50 thunder around the streets.