SOUTHLAND-BORN racer Peter Dickson will have a target on his back on Saturday, January 14, as The Rock FM Riverside Speedway hosts its biggest saloon car meeting in more than two decades, the New Zealand Super Saloon Grand Prix.
Dickson became the first Southlander since Peter Woods in 1983 to claim the New Zealand Super Saloon title at Cromwell last week in what was his first fulltime season in the grade.
He races under the Cromwell club banner after moving to Central Otago two years ago to work for Hypermac Race Cars, building saloons.
In his first year of speedway, Dickson broke multiple track records and claimed titles in modified sprints.
He then moved to saloons where he claimed the South Island title and placed second in his maiden New Zealand saloon competition before deciding to give super saloons a go.
Christchurch’s Ritchie Taylor will be looking to turn the tables on Dickson. Taylor finished second in the New Zealand title, keeping his nose out of trouble in a race that saw more than half the field parked up on the infield with damage. Taylor pipped Cromwell’s Shane McIntyre with a lap to go and looked to have more late race pace than Dickson but couldn’t quite hunt him down. He will want to make amends on Saturday.
McIntyre, who owns Hypermac Racing in Cromwell and employs Dickson, would also like to beat Dickson for the New Zealand Grand Prix. It could be a tough few weeks at work for Dickson if he upstages the boss again.
Southlanders will have plenty of drivers to cheer for, with Campbell McManaway, Craig Phillips, Kerry Dixon, Grant Molloy, Owen Dixon and Paul Renton all taking the track.
Drivers throughout New Zealand are expected to compete. Racing at Riverside Speedway begins at 5pm.
Saloons on display
A show and shine featuring NZ Super Saloons will be at Gala St reserve from noon tomorrow (January 13) followed by a cruise through the streets of the inner city about 3pm. They will travel from Gala St, down Deveron then Spey, onto Kelvin then Esk, and onto Deveron to Gala. These 800hp monsters driving through town will be a sight not to be missed.