Fans flock to Riverside Speedway finale

Dillon MacHattie won the Cecile Kergozou Memorial at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway
Bradley Jenkins gets airborne in the ramp derby.

A TESTING season finished in style at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway with the running of several memorial championships alongside the traditional Demolition Derby last Saturday.

While entry numbers in the derby and across some of the grades were low due to Covid-19 and drivers racing elsewhere during the weekend, speedway fans turned up in droves, many families taking in what was a great atmosphere on a stunning Southland autumn day.

With class numbers a bit lower than usual, several grades decided to mix up the grid formations somewhat which also meant new winners were crowned across the races. Gavin Reed in Six Shooters, Blake Hamilton in Production Saloons, Kahu Moxham in Youth Saloons and Zach Newsham in Modified Sprints all recorded their first race wins at Riverside Speedway. The Cecile Kergozou Memorial for Streetstocks was a hard-fought championship but Dillon MacHattie was unstoppable, managing to win all three races to take the title from Chris Kergouzou with Karl Thomson third.

MacHattie also claimed the Best Pairs championship with his partner Andrew Watson, Thomson and AJ Lapsley were second while Kergouzou and his partner Paula Bungaurd secured third place.

Stockcars raced for the Ronnie Tree Memorial and Brian Taniwha from Cromwell was the man to beat. Taniwha managed to stay clear of the carnage on track to secure the overall victory with Peter Knight second and Cromwell’s Jenna Tree and Jesse Hamilton, of Riverside, tied for third.

Hamilton would also claim the impressive Ronnie Tree Memorial Trophy for Biggest Stirrer after a brutal display of attacking racing.

The Rod McLaren Memorial was the third and final trophy on offer and, again, a clean sweep by a driver winning all three races. Mark Dobson was in sublime form winning comfortably, Darcy Hewitt in second challenged on a few occasions but Dobson was just too fast. Hewitt claimed second after some great on-track battles, heading home Jamie Black.

The Demolition Ramp Derby had a small entry list but didn’t lack on big hits. The two stirrers to pick up prizes were Elliot Warwood and Nick Reid while Blake Murdoch was the overall winner.