The sport of Drag Racing has been saddened by the death of a competitor at Meremere Dragway on Saturday 2nd February. The Meremere Dragway Board of Directors regrettably confirm that motorcycle competitor Laurie Webster received fatal injuries during an accident at Competition Meeting 3.

The 66 year-old Pukekohe motorcycle drag racer lost his life while riding his purpose-built machine. Mr Webster was the only competitor on track at the time, making a solo qualifying pass.

At this stage, no further comment is available, as Meremere Dragway management awaits the results of formal reports.

“Our thoughts and support are with Mr Webster’s family and close friends at this time, along with his race team and fellow competitors,’’ Gary Bogaart, the Meremere Track Manager said.

Saturday’s accident was the first ever fatality in the track’s 45 year history dating back to Easter 1973. The competitors, crews and officials involved in New Zealand drag racing are a very close-knit community and everyone has been deeply saddened by Saturday’s accident.

The Meremere Dragway Board of Directors, management and its team of volunteers would like to express our warmest wishes and heartfelt condolences to Mr Webster’s family and friends.