OSCA Super Saloons will be the big attraction at the Southland Sports Car Club’s (SSCC) pre-Christmas motor race meeting this weekend.
One of eight classes on the programme in what was traditionally one of the most varied line-ups at any meeting throughout the season, they will be joined by the South Island Formula 1600 Championship, the SS Cup, Pre 65 Saloons, NZ Six Saloons, Pro 7 South, Mini 7 South and the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons.
For many, the OSCA Super Saloons will be the drawcard with the clash of several big, fast, earth-shattering V8s against some extremely rapid machinery with alternative power plants.
Invercargill driver Liam MacDonald will be to the fore, as always, in his Falcon, but will face stern opposition from Dunedin driver Steve Ross in his Jaguar XK.
Winton driver Pierre Neame will be prominent in his Ford Mustang, while former Teretonga One Hour Endurance race winner Chris Henderson, of Dunedin, has his new LS-powered Toyota GT86 ready to race.
Doug Munro will be another local driver in a Commodore, in a field chock-full of superb machinery.
The South Island Formula 1600 Championship will feature plenty of talent with James Penrose (Van Diemen Stealth) unbeaten to date and leading fellow Cantabrians Jack Noble-Adams, the defending champion in a similar car, and Zac Christensen in a Ray GR20 as the series arrives at Teretonga Park.
Southland will be well represented on the grid with Ethan Anderson sitting fourth overall and third in Class 2, while rookie Alex Crosbie was seventh in Class 2.
Veteran Noel Atley and rookie Harry Wilson lie first and second respectively in Class 3, with Dave McKenzie fifth in the class.
SSCC members from further afield, James Dicey (Cromwell), John Stevenson (Queenstown) and Graham Dickie (Dunedin) will also line up in the field.
Wayne Tuffley, in his Ford Mustang, and Ford XP Falcon drivers John Smolenski, David Robertson and Super Truck racer Garry Price will contest the Pre 65 Saloon races, while cousins Bradley and Jeremy Dawson, plus Dayle Kirby, will fly the Southland flag in the SS Cup which will feature a large field of varied machinery.
Wayne Elliott will be the sole Southland entry in the Pro 7 field.
Kyle Dawson, of Invercargill, and Dunedin driver Arron Black (BMW E46) will be among the quickest in the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons.
Leon Hallett, of Mosgiel, will bring his Ford Galaxie south after tipping his Capri on its side at the last Teretonga meeting, while Anthony Ralston will make a farewell appearance in his impressive Nissan Bluebird before relocating to Northland.
The on-track action starts at 10am on Saturday, with testing and qualifying. Racing will begin at 2.10pm, while Sunday sees a full programme of racing from 9am.
Pre-sale weekend passes are on sale from Auto Centre in Tweed St, and E Hayes & Sons, Invercargill, at $20 each. Weekend passes at the gate are $25. Day passes are available at the gate: Saturday, $15, and Sunday, $20. Children 14 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.
- Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club promotions officer