Speedway Race Seasons and Times

Speedways vary in type, and this largely determines the types of races run on them and when they are run. There are smooth speedways where races can be held throughout the year. Then there are rough speedways which are meant to provide tough conditions.

To better achieve their challenge, rough speedways usually hold their races in seasons of high precipitation. It is literally a muddy affair!

Image result for New Zealand speedway tracksThe Oxford track- and most other New Zealand tracks- is a rough track. Although some hold races all year round, others only restrict their competition events to the winter. When the Oxford Speedway was born in 1979, the intention was to have races run in the challenging winter conditions. This would also coincide with times when tracks like Woodford were out of the calendar, making it easier to attract spectators.

With time, however, as Oxford made its name, it began holding races across the seasons. The winter races still remain most popular, however.

Speedway races are mostly run during weekends, just like most competitions in other sporting disciplines. This is because the local working population forms the largest segments of racegoers are the primary reason why the events are held.

Depending on the type of race meet, competition may be held on a single day or two days (Saturday and Sunday). Two-day events are most popular for team races that are run in a series and use a point-accumulation format. One-day races usually involve individual meets and amateur competitions.

Races usually start at around 10 am and go on until dusk. The morning competitions are usually elimination and warm-up events and don’t normally attract huge crowds. As the day builds up, however, the mood livens up and hits fever pitch in the evening.

Early races on Sunday record better numbers than similar ones on Saturday, mainly because the latter are usually a continuation of an already-set tempo.