Packed weekend at Riverside

South Island Saloon Series leader George Phillips leads Riverside driver Scott Williamson. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth

TWO days of red-hot speedway action is exactly what is needed before Christmas in the deep south, and X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway is delivering that gift to the public of Southland with racing scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.

The South Island Saloon Series rolls into town, and Riverside has been awarded round 3 on Saturday, and the final round which will play out on Sunday. Cleanways 2003 Ltd and X Factor Cars have both come on board to be the naming rights sponsors for this series.

Two rounds have already been contested, one at Woodford Glen in Christchurch, and the second at Ellesmere Speedway. Fans of Riverside Speedway have plenty to cheer about with Graham Williamson sitting in second spot, just five points away from series leader George Phillips of Cromwell.

Williamson’s son Scott is also entered in the series in a brand new Chev Camaro. While he was just getting to grips with the car in round one, Scott bagged third place overall at round two and will be well in the mix.

Other local drivers contesting the series include Jeff Richardson, Mark Dobson and Dan Black, who runs the famous number 112 which his father Don had so much success with through the 1980s.

A strong support programme including The Interprovincial Production Saloon Champs, sponsored by Invercargill Tractor Servicing and Repairs, will see teams of eight from Riverside, Beachlands in Dunedin and Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell battle it out for southern bragging rights. Central Southland Excavating will sponsor the Southland Youth Mini Stock Champs, a popular visiting grade the club usually wouldn’t have racing.

The Southland Stockcar Championship is rumoured to have more than 20 cars entered which will be a massive highlight on day one.

Day two will see the running of the final round of the South Island Saloon Series as well as Best Pairs for Stockcars sponsored by Shuttleworth Motorsport Media, along with good fields of support classes.

Racing on Saturday gets under way at 3pm, with a 2pm start on Sunday.

The club has to run these events under the current Covid-19 framework meaning everyone aged over 12 years, 3 months old, will need to display their My Vaccine Pass to gain entry.