Rilat & Logan New Zealand report

There has been some excitement since I last wrote. Ricky and I met Solo bike riders (basically a speedway bike) from England and Italy and they invited us out to open practice on Wednesday. We ended up taking Ricky to the hospital for stitches on...

There has been some excitement since I last wrote. Ricky and I met Solo bike riders (basically a speedway bike) from England and Italy and they invited us out to open practice on Wednesday. We ended up taking Ricky to the hospital for stitches on his hand after he crashed the bike. I did happed to catch the incident on video if anyone would like to have a good laugh for only $9.95!

Saturday's venture took us to Palmerston North Speedway via personal aircraft of Springs Speedway owner Bill Buckley. Much better than the six hour drive through the mountains the others took. There were twenty-five 410 sprinters on hand for the event at the speedway which had not seen sprints for 13 years. A crowd of 7,000 filled the stands to see the machines take to the track. This time we ran the heats in groups of two with 12 cars in the first and 13 in the second. The first heat saw the injured Logan respectfully run 7th and taking the win in his second heat. I was 5th in the first heat and winner of the second heat by a half lap over Brooke Tatnell. The Feature saw Tatnell on the pole, me on the inside second row and Ricky on the inside of the 4th row.

Lapped traffic was heavy during the 25 lap event on the tight and dusty 1/4-mile as the top 5 cars raced side by side for several laps challenging Tatnell for the lead. I moved into close contention on the 9th circuit. Logan had moved into third spot by the 12th round. The 19th lap saw the yellow for a spun car in turn 3. On the restart it was Tatnell, Rilat, Logan and Wakeling. A car had stalled on the speedway and pulled to the infield and had a quad push him off just after we took the green for the restart and he ventured onto the speedway right in front of me as I was passing Tatnell for the lead coming off turn two. Tatnell was able to resume the lead and carry on to take the checkered. The sprinter who made his way on the track in front of me was later disqualified. Rounding out the top five were Tatnell, Rilat, Game, Wakeling, and Logan. The next events for the International Sprint Car Series will be Friday at Springs Speedway and Saturday at Bay Park Speedway. Also on hand from Australia were Gary Brazier and Nathan McDonald.

Today I went on my first sail boarding journey. I had got the hang of it pretty well with a little practice and was sailing back and forth across the beach front venturing further out to sea. I was eventually rescued Bay Watch style by a small boat and brought back to the mainland. It seemed to be fairly easy other than getting the board to sail back into the wind and go towards the shore. Was I ever happy to get back on dry land.

-Travis Rilat

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brooke Tatnell , Travis Rilat