Whitsunday Moto Sports Club rider James Dwight was caught up in the chaos of the Christchurch earthquake disaster.
Whitsunday Moto Sports Club rider James Dwight was caught up in the chaos of the Christchurch earthquake disaster.

Riders caught in quake chaos

WHITSUNDAY Motto Sports Club riders James Dwight and Craig McDermott were caught up in the earthquake disaster which rocked New Zealand this week.

The pair was preparing to take part in the 2011 Sound of Thunder motor bike racing event scheduled for this weekend when the earthquake struck.

“We were at the track and we were getting ready to go out, but that [earthquake] put an end to that,” Mr Dwight said from Christchurch yesterday.

The two Whitsunday riders were at the Powerbuilt Raceway in Templeton which Mr Dwight said was about 10km from Christchurch.

Although the pair escaped injury free, Mr Dwight said it was a frightening experience.

“The traffic was chaotic and it took us five hours to travel 10km,” he said.

“We can't get petrol and we are trying to get water and food at the moment.”

Fellow Whitsunday Motto Sports Club member Steve Diez was scheduled to join the pair yesterday ahead of the event but his flight did not land in Christchurch and returned to Brisbane.

Mr McDermott planned to leave New Zealand this morning while Mr Dwight said he would stay in the devastated city to help those around him.

“I have family over here so I'm just going to hang around for a few more days to make sure they are ok,” he said.


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