Southern Speedway shines at national gala awards

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Speedway Commentator Of The Year Daryl Shuttleworth. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth

NEW Zealand Speedway’s night of nights, the New Zealand Speedway Awards was held recently in Auckland and Speedway in the south took home its best haul of silverware with six awards.

X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway commentator Daryl Shuttleworth scooped the Commentator Of The Year Award.

Shuttleworth has been commentating for four years and has been a finalist every year but always ended up the bridesmaid.

This year he was the only South Island finalist and took the award. Unfortunately Shuttleworth wasn’t there to accept the award, but met the plane to collect the trophy when it arrived in Invercargill.

“I’ve never commentated to win awards, but being nominated four times I wanted it bad. I was starting to think it was unwinnable,” he said.

The Riverside club also won Best Event Programme for the one they produced for the New Zealand Sprintcar Grand Prix last season.

This was a pleasing result for a committee which was short on experience going into the season.

Riverside Speedway life member Steve Dryden won the Streetstock Competitor Of The Year Award.

Dryden, who was contracted to the Rotorua club last season, won the New Zealand Streetstock Grand Prix along with the North Island Streetstock Championship.

Dryden always had a goal to win the North Island title and had to be contracted to a North Island club but was always on hand at Riverside.

Oreti Park Speedway was represented by Hayden Brookland, who won the Junior Solo Rider Of The Year Award.

Brookland was an up-and-coming star of Solo racing and the award was well deserved, and reward for the efforts he and his family have given the sport.

The Pits Media scooped two awards, Best Event Coverage for the New Zealand Sidecar Championships, and the most prestigious media award being the Best Media Support.

This was a fitting reward for a crew who work so hard away from home every weekend of the speedway season.

Jason Gutteridge and his team run the broadcast van out of Invercargill, travelling the country to cover every major speedway event, then edit it for television. All the big meetings, including Riverside and Oreti Park, make it to Maori TV with some of the biggest motorsport following in the country.

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