Gisborne’s Rob Miller will return to WXC Speedway – Western Springs across the 2015/16 season as another entry in the four round ‘Bill Buckley Side Car Series’, keen to carry on where he left off after taking victory in the staggered feature last time the three wheelers appeared at The Springs.
“Well seeing as how we won it last time, we thought we’d best come back to town and have another play! We can’t let the Aucklaner’s win everything. Honestly though, when my Dad and I were together we always raced at Rosebank and last year Hamish (Swinger Hamish White) and I just loved racing at Western Springs, it was just awesome fun, suited us down to the ground,”
For the 2015/16 season, 2011/12 national champion Miller will ride the 8G sidecar, consisting of a Les Plumber frame with Yamaha R1 power. The campaign will be backed by Wicked Tints, Orange Signs, Morere Hot Springs, Harris Tyres, McGinnis Driver Training and The Road Pirates Motorcycle club.
Despite no longer carrying a top three number, Miller is quite clear on what his plans are for the Bill Buckley Side Car Series and where he wants to be.
“Basically we want to finish in the top three every time we are there. We’d like to win it, we know we can win there, but we are going to aim for a top three every time.”
And with the logistics of travel, Miller has opted to skip out on the New Zealand title, to be held at Oreti Park near Invercargill and instead concentrate his energies and prioritise the newly formed series at WXC Speedway – Western Springs.
“We’re not actually going to do the New Zealand’s (NZ Title) this year, due to it being a long way to go if you’re not going to qualify. We’d rather race more in the North Island and basically gel as a team again, which means we can concentrate more on coming to Auckland and Western Springs.”
Before his debut appearance at ‘The Springs’ last season, Miller was largely unaware of the massive history for Side Cars at The Springs from years gone by, but was blown away by the reception from the massive crowds of people.
“Honestly, I never really knew about it (the history) much until we raced there last season. As soon as we raced there last year and saw how much people like the ‘sidechairs’, then I heard all the stories about Bill Buckley and we did the staggered start race of his, the atmosphere was just unbelievable. When we won that race last year, we were pretty amped, it felt like we had won a New Zealand title kind of thing.
“When we did that chequered flag run, it was the first time we’d raced in front of 17,000 people. The most I’d ever raced for before that was 4-5,000.”
And his message to the race fans is simple.
“Come out and enjoy the racing, it’s going to be hard and fast. There are a lot of the top guys in New Zealand coming, it’s going to be good hard racing throughout the season.”