NEW Zealand’s best super saloon drivers will converge on The Rock FM Riverside Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights as the club holds its first double header of the new season.
Current New Zealand champion Peter Dickson will go head-to-head with Ritchie Taylor, of Christchurch, and Shane McIntyre, of Blenheim, in round one of the Vertex Cup on Friday.
Dickson, who was born and raised in Invercargill but now resides in Blenheim, is a crowd favourite, having started his speedway career at Riverside in a modified sprint.
Production saloons will also be competing for the best pairs title.
On Saturday, Invercargill’s Owen Dixon will attempt to defend the Southland super saloon title he won last season. The club would love to see this title stay in the south and has Dixon, Campbell McManaway, Lloyd Phillips, Craig Phillips and Grant Molloy to hinge their hopes on.
Streetstocks will also run their Southland title and with the New Zealand championships being held in Invercargill early next year, the club is expecting a strong field of more than 20 cars to entertain the crowd.
The night will be capped off with the ILT Fireworks Extravaganza – always a crowd favourite with families and members of the public. This year’s event will see an impressive array of fireworks and pyrotechnic effects.
As this is a family event there will be a strict alcohol ban on the Saturday night.
Racing starts at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday – fans are urged to be in early to ensure a premium spot.