X FACTOR Cars Riverside Speedway celebrated a successful season with its annual prizegiving at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club last weekend.
The season was always going to be a learning curve for the new-look committee, with the well-publicised issues from last season meaning those wanting to move forward had a lot of extra responsibility to get the club in a position to go racing again. But, credit to all involved, they pulled off a remarkable season.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Life Membership to Tony Jones, who is still actively racing, has been a past president, served on many committees and has had a massive involvement in the club for three decades.
Speedway New Zealand issued two volunteer awards – to Callum Crockett and Jonathon Searancke, who was also named Club Volunteer Of The Year.
Sponsor Of The Year was awarded to X Factor Cars, which will continue its relationship with the club next season and beyond.
Corbyn Shuttleworth Speedway Photography awarded Jacob Mcintyre with the best presented car award.
Harrison Brown won the High Flyer Award for a nasty roll-over late in the season, and the Hard Luck Trophy went to Production Saloon driver Daniel Rolton, who had a season to forget.
Clerk Of The Course Darren Brown presented Youth Saloon driver Harrison Brown with the Clerk Of The Course award, for conduct on and off the track.
Asha Clements took the award for Most Consistent, while Jacob McIntyre added to his silverware with the Most Improved Driver award.
Club Ambassador went to the Production Saloon team, who travelled to Gisborne for the New Zealand Championships. The team consisted of Asha and Tam Clements, Aaron Rawcliffe, Daniel Rolton and Shane Carson, of Dunedin, while the entire Jones family, Tony, Sue, John and Tash won the award for Member Of The Year.
All grades were presented with Southland championships, annual points, best pairs and memorial trophies, and also some special awards.
Darcy Hewitt collected The Sportsmanship Trophy in Modified Sprints, in Six Shooters Finn Cleveland won Hard Charger, Duane Cracknell, Good Attitude, and Most Improved went to Emma Gordon.
Stephen Broad was awarded Best Presented Production Saloon, Blake Murdoch was awarded the McKernan Trophy for Sportsmanship in Productions, while in Youth Saloons Tayla Dryden won the Lawson Forestry Contracting Sportsperson Trophy while Joshua Livingstone was rewarded for a standout season with the All Round Achievement Award.
The club thanks all those involved in making the 2018/19 season one to celebrate. Sponsors, members, supporters, volunteers and media partners have all been a crucial cog in the club’s success.