Big lift in Waimate 50 gate takings expected

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The Waimate 50 was a massive success, according to chairman Rob Aikman.

While Mr Aikman is unsure at this stage of exactly how much money was raised, he believes the gate takings doubled from last year’s.

“From the amount of support we got from people who came along to the event, we definitely doubled the earnings on the gates from last year.”

The clean-up of the track was taking place yesterday.

“We are incredibly thankful for the support we have received in helping tidying things up following the event. There are cranes, trucks and people all trying to tidy it up as quickly as possible.”

The circuit was new this year.

“We weren’t totally sure how things might go, but we are incredibly happy with the end result, we’ve heard nothing but good things for the track and all the competitors loved it,” Mr Aikman said.

They had been working hard over the last five years to improve things and are confident that following this year’s event, they are heading in the right direction.

“We feel that was the best event yet. People just loved it and we now know what went well and what we can build on next year to make it even better.”

Mr Aikman credits a large part of the success to D1NZ driver Daniel Woolhouse.

“He’s fantastic with the fans, signing autographs and always chatting with them.”

He said the district council and people of Waimate were happy with how the weekend unfolded.

“It was a major boost to the town, and I know everybody loved having it here.”

The Waimate 50 will be back next year.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

CONTROL: Duncan McRostie, from Kaitangata in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo ccompeting at the Waimate50 on Saturday.