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RFA Announces Successful Tender For Speedway Operations At Western Springs Stadium

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Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) announced today that,
following a competitive tender process, Bruce Robertson from
Palmerston North Speedway Limited has been selected as the
new promoter for speedway operations at Western Springs
Stadium.

Bruce’s success in securing the Western
Springs contract reflects his considerable experience and
success as a promoter, his strong focus on partnering with
key stakeholders, and the strength of the commercial
proposition put forward.

The current one-year venue
hire agreement with Springs Promotions Ltd expired on 31
March 2020. The new, two-year venue hire agreement will be
valid through to March 2022, with the option of two
subsequent rights of renewal of one year each.

Bruce
Robertson is a life member of Speedway New Zealand.
According to the tender evaluation panel, he has an
established track record as a successful speedway promoter
who has helped increase driver numbers across the three
tracks he is currently associated with. Having started his
involvement in speedway as a successful stockcar driver,
Bruce “has a very strong focus on meeting the needs of
drivers. His philosophy is to create a safe and competitive
racing environment that attracts drivers, allows good
racing, which in turn drives public interest and
attendance”.

Mr Robertson’s tender was endorsed by
a number of open wheel representatives, particularly as he
is committed to continuing to present the traditional
Western Springs speedway classes while introducing new
initiatives to grow attendance numbers. Most years, in the
off season, he travels to the USA to watch Sprintcar and
Midget racing and for 15 years has assisted in bringing
international open wheel competitors to New
Zealand.

The announcement follows a significant period
of uncertainty about the future of the sport at Western
Springs Stadium. The venue continues to operate while not
being a designated motorsport precinct under the Auckland
Unitary Plan, and speedway operations are still limited to
12 race meets and two practice sessions per summer
season.

RFA’s Chief Executive, Chris Brooks, said
the new agreement is a positive step for the sport of
speedway in Auckland.

“We are confident that Bruce
and his team will successfully continue to build the public
appeal of speedway.”

The tender evaluation panel
included representation from Speedway New Zealand to ensure
appropriate subject matter
expertise.

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