Oamaru man returning for Waimate 50

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Oamaru’s Aiden Omnet is coming home to compete in the Waimate 50 at Labour weekend on October 25 and 26.

Omnet will drive a Toyota Altezza with a 2JZGTE engine in the drifting demonstration alongside two-time national champion Fanger Dan.

He said while he hasn’t competed against Fanger Dan before, their cars are evenly matched.

Omnet runs his own on-line tyre shop at Mt Maunganui and said he is looking forward to visiting Waimate.

“I went up to the mount with the view of getting into drifting and building a business, and I’ve just about done that so we are thinking about coming back home,” he said.

The other name confirmed for the event is Aucklander, Clark Proctor, who is the man behind nationwide metal recycling business, Metalman. Proctor, who is a front runner in the Formula 5000 competition, competed in the Waimate 50 last year and said the event is really good fun.

“It gets you back to grass roots motorsport,” he said.

Event organiser, Rob Aikman, said entries will be open until October 10 and planning for the weekend is going well.

“We’re in the process of preparing the track.”

“We’ll do as much as we can without causing too much disruption.”

Mr Aikman said as soon as construction starts for the event, Waimate starts to buzz and momentum builds.

“This year we’ve lifted the bar.”

“We’ve redesigned the track to improve it and to improve general control of the whole event.”

Event organisers have been given final approval from MSNZ to run up to 20 laps in an eight-lap invitation event on Saturday and Sunday.

By LINDA MCCARTHY