BSL Racing's top speedway Midget driver, Michael Pickens, has
been appointed as the new General Manager for the company.
BSL Racing was formed by Bill Buckley, also promoter at Western
Springs Speedway, off the back of his successful electro-magnetic
business, Buckley Systems Limited (BSL). The company is heavily
involved in all forms of speedway but has also built and serviced
various forms of race car from off-roaders to V8 Utes.
Pickens, 29, started driving Midgets for the BSL Racing team
this season and has already delivered impressive results driving
the state-of-the-art Esslinger powered Breka built in the teams Mt
Wellington workshop, including a national championship and a 50 lap
classic this season.
He is one of the most successful Midget drivers in New Zealand
history, taking four New Zealand championships, four New Zealand
Grand Prix races and feature race wins in New Zealand, Australia
and the USA. He has also taken a podium finish at the infamous
Chili Bowl race, billed as the biggest Midget race in the world
with more than 250 entries every year.
Joining Pickens at BSL Racing in the role of Parts Manager will
be Vanessa Evans, a former top New Zealand rally driver. Known in
her pre-marriage days as Vanessa Slee, Evans enjoyed a successful
career driving for Subaru New Zealand in the national rally
championship as well as in Australia, plus competing in Malaysia
for Subaru Japan.
"It is fantastic for BSL Racing to team up with two people like
Michael and Vanessa and the motorsport experience that they bring
with them," says Buckley Systems CEO Mike Lightfoot. "So far
Michael has delivered everything we could ask for on the track and
there is no reason why he shouldn't deliver the same sort of
results off it."
"I'm looking forward to my new role as manager at BSL Racing, I
have a great team of people to work with and a great customer base
here and overseas which we will look to expand on," said Pickens on
his appointment. "Being able to work in the industry I have a
passion for is an opportunity that doesn't present itself every
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