Stockcar competitors from throughout New Zealand will converge on Taranaki this weekend to compete for the PGG Wrightson Hawera, New Zealand Stockcar Grand Prix Championship.
Hosted by Stratford Speedway, more than 100 competitors have entered the event and will start arriving on Thursday, bringing a boost to the regional economy.
Drivers who are unfamiliar with the Stratford track or want to do some last minute car adjustments will take part in a practice on Thursday evening before hitting the track on Friday night when they attempt to qualify for the finals on Saturday.
The competitors will be whittled down to 30 — ensuring the best and fastest make it through to the finals.
On Saturday night, the finalists will race over three brutal heats, accumulating points for their finishing positions along the way and it will be these points that decide the winner.
Traditionally the racing gets rough at national title meetings as drivers who are out of the running after one or two races will use their bumpers to eliminate the opposition and assist their clubmates.
Also on Saturday night will be a Superstock teams race. The Stratford Scrappers will take on the newly reformed Waikato Wanderers while the minisprint class will compete for their Taranaki Champs as well, making a full on night of speedway action.
Racing starts at 7pm on Friday and Saturday while the Thursday practice (which is free to attend) starts at 5pm.
More information, including admission prices, can be found at www.stratford-speedway.co.nz