SPEEDWAY fans converged on The Rock Riverside Speedway on Saturday as the club kicked off its 2017-18 season in style – the sun was shining, the venue looked a picture and the racing was entertaining to say the least.
Craig Phillips was unstoppable in saloons, stepping into a car he had never driven before to take three commanding wins from as many starts. The real battle was for the minor placings, with Cromwell’s Graham Williamson claiming two seconds, Ewan Shearing a second and a third and Dean Shearing a third.
The Phillips domination wasn’t done there, with Raymond Phillips winning all three six shooter battles. He was pushed hard by Cromwell’s Finn Cleveland, with the pair putting on a display of hard, clean racing in all three races. Jack Brown claimed third.
Asha Clements won the first race of the season for production saloons, fighting off Dave Horton in race one. Bryan Adams returned to Riverside to claim race two, while Kevin Fulton won his maiden production saloons race in race three. Other solid performers in the grade were Aaron Rawcliffe, Daniel Rolton and Acacia Mitchell.
Modified sprints were once again excitement machines.
Michael Jackson won races one and three, but Jason McMullin looked fast in his new car and claimed victory in race two. Vaughan Marshall and Scott Williamson also claimed placings.
Peter Knight made a welcome return to stockcars, winning two races with Casey McEwan winning the third. It was an entertaining display, with Wade Crawford and Logan McNamara showing they were happy to put a hit on anyone. Jacob Garrick claimed a well-deserved third in his debut meeting.
Luke Molloy looks to be the man to beat in youth saloons. He won two races – a great result after a major accident put him out for a good part of last season. Jacob McIntyre also claimed a win, with Nathan Rhind and Anastazea Ladbrook taking placings.
In streetstocks, Dunedin driver Darrell “Hoon” Richards was all class, winning two races and claiming third in race three. Mitch Lavender, also of Dunedin, took two second placings, while Mark Henderson wrapped up proceedings with a win in race three.
The club return for a two days of super saloon action and the ILT Fireworks Extravaganza next month.