NEW ZEALAND RIDER LANDS WILD CARD INTO
FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX
When: Western Springs, March 31, 2012. Tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Jason Bunyan joins world's
Jason Bunyan has been handed the chance of a
lifetime after receiving the wild card berth for the inaugural FIM
New Zealand Speedway Grand Prix in Auckland on March 31, the
opening round of the 2012 world championship FIM Speedway
The 32 year old British-born star spends his summers in New
Zealand and has made a massive impact in the championships here. He
has won the competition six times and only Larry Ross, who
triumphed nine times between 1976 and 1990, has claimed more New
Bunyan dons the famous No.16 race jacket for the 2012 World
Championship's opening event at Western Springs Stadium. He
is the only rider in the SGP to have previously raced at the
circuit and cannot wait for what will be the biggest meeting of his
He said: "I'm honoured to have been offered such a huge
opportunity. This meeting is a great chance to raise the profile of
speedway in New Zealand and I'm glad to be a part of it.
"I've had some great success in the country throughout my career
and I'll do my best to make sure that continues at Western
BSI Speedway managing director Paul Bellamy said: "Jason has
been a fantastic servant to speedway in New Zealand and, along with
the FIM and Motorcycle New Zealand, we're pleased to offer him this
wild card pick.
"I'm sure the New Zealand fans will reward his loyalty to
compete in their national championships for so many years and
support him as one of their own at the Grand Prix in March.
"Jason has a reputation for being a tough customer on the track
and he won't be intimidated by the prospect of taking on 15 of the
world's best riders in this historic meeting."
Bill Buckley, principal, Springs Promotions, co-promoters of the
inaugural FIM New Zealand Grand Prix, commented:
"Jason has been very good for Solo (speedway) racing in New
Zealand. He has made this place his home and it's great we
can call on him to represent us. He has run many
schools and taught many riders the art of Solo (speedway). He
has been back to the UK most years and races with the best from
there. I am sure he will make us proud."
Bunyan will be joined in the Grand Prix by 2011 NZ champion,
Grant Tregoning, who has been handed one of the track reserve
berths and wears the No.17 race jacket. Andrew Aldridge is
the second stand-in and will line up at No.18.
General Admittance tickets for the 2012 FIM New Zealand Speedway
Grand Prix start at just NZ$50 adults, NZ$25 children, and are
available from www.speedwaygp.com and
Western Springs Speedway