September 2019 will be remembered as an important time in the history of the 18-year-old Baypark Speedway.
Bill Buckley’s company, Speedway Racing Limited, has acquired the speedway promotion rights at the venue.
Bill Buckley, the promoter of the iconic Western Springs Speedway since 2001 (through his company Springs Promotions Limited), has already begun the planning and implementation of some exciting new initiatives and improved fan experiences for the Tauranga venue.
“Adding midget car racing on a more regular basis, several international meetings, and televising some of the key events for shows such as Sky Sport, and Prime’s Thursday Night Thunder are just a few of the big things that I have planned for this season.
"We have a lot of work to do, and it is a work in progress, so I thank all the car owners, the drivers, crews, sponsors, corporate box holders and of course the fans and supporters, for being positive and for their patience during this takeover period. Baypark Speedway will hold some exciting events during the 2019/2020 season."
“I am excited about what Bill Buckley and his team can bring to Baypark Speedway – Baypark Speedway and the city of Tauranga will be the winners in this transaction,” says Bernie Gillon, who has been the venue promoter for the last five seasons.
Ervin McSweeney, Commercial Manager at Bay Venues Ltd, the company that manages the Baypark Speedway venue, is excited by Buckley’s appointment.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience, new energy, great ideas and a passion for Speedway. We look forward to seeing how he grows speedway in the Bay.”
“The acquisition of Baypark by Bill Buckley and his team is extremely positive for the sport and its stakeholders, Bill has an excellent track record in promotion. We would like to wish Bernie Gillon all the best in his future endeavours,” says Zoe Irons, General Manager, Speedway New Zealand.
Bay of Plenty Speedway President, Tim Sidwell, also agrees that this is a “positive move for Speedway at Baypark and the future of our sport.”
Opening night for Baypark Speedway is set for Labour Weekend with more exciting announcements to follow.