by Murray McKenzie

Team Crawford Racing – Speedway New Zealand Ministocks

Brothers George Crawford (Year 10) and Jimmy Crawford (Year 9) have had an exceptional race season competing strongly in over 30 meetings in both North and South Island Championships for the 2022-23 season.


Image by: Murray McKenzie
Image by: Murray McKenzie


GEORGE CRAWFORD:

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Due to hip surgery mid-December, George was sidelined for six weeks in the height of summer and unable to race but came back hard and fast with a competitive edge that we hadn’t seen before.

George 971R – Podiums:

 Bay Summer Starter, Baypark Speedway, Mt Maunganui

 Rotorua Opening Meeting, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

  - West Coast Youth Ministock Champs U15, Whanganui

 Club Night, Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

  - Feature Race Winner Club Night, Gisborne Speedway

  - Oceanview 5000, Whanganui

  - Oceanview 5000 Interclub Challenge, Whanganui

  - Bays of Thunder, Baypark Speedway, Mt Maunganui

  - Rees Chassis Champs, Gisborne Speedway, Gisborne

 Battle of the Stocks, Woodford Glen, Christchurch

 Ministock Mania Seniors, Nelson Speedway, Nelson

  - North South Challenge, Nelson Speedway, Nelson

  - Heiby Memorial Season Finale, Oceanview Speedway, Whanganui

  - The Toolshed Rotorua Ministock Senior Club Champs, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

 Easter Night 2, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua


JIMMY CRAWFORD:

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Jimmy’s first season racing at Speedway NZ tracks has a list of impressive achievements once being released from his six meeting mentorship programme at Rotorua in February.

Jimmy – Podiums:

  - Rotorua Opening Meeting, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

Sportsmanship Award & 8th overall Junior – Oceanview 5000, Whanganui

 Ministocks in Paradise, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

 Best Pairs Ministocks in Paradise, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

Reps Choice Driver of the Night - Bays of Thunder, Baypark Speedway, Mt Maunganui

 Club Day Waihi Beach Dirt Track, Waihi Beach

  Ministock Mania Juniors, Nelson Speedway, Nelson

  - Club Night, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

  – SJ Hampton Eng Ltd Rotorua Ministock Junior Club Champs, TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua

  - Wicked Tints 1200cc Junior Champs, Gisborne Speedway, Gisborne


A huge highlight for the season was being invited to the South Island by one of our sponsors TWS – the Ashton family, where we attended a two-day event in Christchurch and another two-day event in Nelson. It was a fantastic trip making awesome memories as a family.