Daryl Ainsley would be bursting with pride

Following his tragic death in May 2018 and out of respect for Central Motor Speedway President Daryl Ainsley, his car number 5t was withdrawn with just one exception. Should an Ainsley choose to kick up the clay of Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway they could race as 5t.

So hold on to your hats speedway fans. 5t is back, and to the power of two! Daryl’s 16 year old daughter Faith is jumping in at the deep end with a V6 3.6 Holden Commodore powered six shooter, also known as a wingless sprintcar. The second 5t will be seen on a Datsun 1200 powered youth ministock driven by Daryl’s 13 year old nephew, Trent Ainsley. 

One of Daryl’s most dedicated fans, even accompanying him and his crew on away trips to other tracks, Faith had never really shown any inclination to race. That all changed at the end of season open day earlier this year where encouraged by family and friends, Faith got behind the wheel of a production saloon. After a few laps she was severely bitten by the speedway bug. When asked if she’d next like to have a go driving a six shooter there was no holding Faith back. This is one young lady going places fast.

Jason’s faith in Faith

Getting bitten by the speedway bug and being able to afford scratching the itch are two very different things. Enter Central Motor Speedway promoter Jason Scott, who impressed by Faith’s natural abilities and new found passion made things happen, recently delivering Faith a fully kitted out six shooter. Along with 5t her car will feature the distinctive design motif of Daryl’s ‘Mad Maori Racing’.

“Daryl was a really good mate,” said Jason, “I’m more than happy to step forward and through my company Edge Parts and Performance provide Faith with a six shooter and also mentor her driving. It’s also great to have Daryl’s former crew Tim White and Chris Procter on board for Faith. Mum Toni has volunteered to be in the pits for moral support and keeping the 5t six shooter clean and polished. Like Daryl’s first car, a saloon, Faith’s car is black.”

Saying she’s more excited than nervous, Faith will have her first experience of driving in front of spectators at the Blossom Festival Burnout at Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 28. “I’ll be wearing dad’s helmet and have his lucky mascot racing snail in the car. I can’t wait,” said Faith.  

Trent’s on track

If she’s anything like her cousin Trent, trackside crowds won’t phase Faith. After a few pre-event practise laps Trent bravely drove a borrowed youth ministock onto the track at the Daryl Ainsley Memorial Meeting in March this year.

The plot for Trent to race was quietly hatched by Whetu Taewa, sprintcar driver and business partner with Daryl’s bother Lomas. Much as Daryl had done with him, Whetu encouraged Trent to give speedway racing a go. Having been to speedway meetings for most of his life, Trent knew track etiquette, keeping out of trouble by hugging the low line and probably feeling a lot more relaxed than dad Lomas and mum, Dana. They needn’t have worried. After his first race, a beaming Trent clambered from the race car saying how much he loved the experience. Now here he is, about to drive on to the track on September 28 in his own Ainsley 5t youth ministock.

Someone who says she is doubly excited to see Faith and Trent Ainsley out on the track is their grandmother, and Daryl’s mum, Kaye Ainsley. “I was Daryl’s number one cheer leader. Now I can be the same for Faith and Trent.”

A burnout competition update, Jason reports he’s almost being overwhelmed with entries saying there’s every chance there will be a driver and car from Auckland. What is definite, Chris Daley will be on the skid pan in his smoke screen producing yellow Holden ‘Syco Ute’. Gates open at 4pm with smoking action from around 4.30. Entry is $15 for adults and $5 for children up to 15.


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