Riverside all set for Super Sunday action

Terry Soper, of Dunedin, fights off 69 Euan Shearing, of Riverside. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth

THERE is nothing like the rumble of 800-horsepower V8-powered beasts ripping up the dirt.

That’s exactly what is going to happen this Sunday as X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway hosts the Grand Final of the Mag and Turbo Super Cup.

The event was usually raced across the entire season and Riverside usually hosted a round, but this season the event was taking place over two consecutive weekends, with Woodford Glen in Christchurch holding round one followed by Ellesmere with round two.

Then the drivers would venture to Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell this Saturday before taking the short journey south to the decider here in Invercargill on Sunday.

The field had the best South Island Super Saloon drivers all entered but one driver who would be the man to beat was Sam Waddell, from Bay Park in Tauranga.

Waddell had been a force in the grade for the past few seasons, topped off by winning the New Zealand Super Saloon Championship last season, but couldn’t keep the number one on his door this year.

He would be challenged hard by the likes of Shane McIntyre, a two-time New Zealand champion, Ray Stewart, of Cromwell, who was not slowing down despite now being in his 70s and Trevor Elliot, of Christchurch, who won the event at Riverside last season.

Locals would be able to cheer on both Euan Shearing and Grant Molloy – the two Riverside drivers entered.

The Southland Super Saloon Championship would also be on the line this Sunday.

Streetstocks would also run for the Southland Championship as would modified sprints, both grades should see a number of out-of-town drivers venturing south to compete.

Neither championship had been contested last season due to Covid-19.

Youth salooms would run for prizes in the Dash For Cash, an event which was to be held late last year but rain put paid to it being run.

Racing would get under way at 2pm on Sunday.