Last Visited - 2018
Track Distance - 1/4 mile
Facilities - Outstanding
City/Town - Tauranga
Website - https://www.bayparkspeedway.co.nz
Location - Travelling over the Kaimai rangers just keep
going straight ahead. You will pass through 1,000 roundabouts but
keep on going straight ahead. You will eventually drive along a dual
carriageway which will almost lead you to the stadium entrance. If
travelling from Rotorua the stadium is conviently located on your
left as you enter the greater Tauranga area.
Parking - Parking is generally well organised and there is
plenty of it. Just follow the road into the stadium past the pit area.
Parking is normally directed.
Premiere Meeting - The premiere meetings at Baypark are generally
the SNZ championships.
Also worth attending - The South Pacific Super Saloon
Title can attract a quality entry list in any given year. In recent
years the International Midget Series has been an unmissable night and
in season 2018/19 the International Sprintcar Series makes a long overdue
stop to the Bay oval.
Best spot to sit - The Baypark seating is your typical stadium
bucket seats. Watch out for the poles that hold up the roof as they
provide an obstruction to patrons without x-ray vision. Sit lowish
in the grandstand on the back straight. The most popular spot is the front straight
seating which is perhaps as much to do with proximity to the main entrance and
pit area as much as anything else. This area is not covered which can assist with
viewing angles and thus represents a decent alternative to the back straight.
Classes run - Youth Ministocks, Saloons, Super Saloons, Sprintcars, Six Shooters, Stockcars
Uniqueness - Baypark is the Talladega of New Zealand Speedway.
It's not quite the longest track but it's width and openness is unparalelled
in New Zealand. The size allows drivers to reach speeds unattainable at
other tracks. In particular the Super Saloon class is a spectacle not
to be missed. Even small Super Saloon fields can put on a show fit
for a king.