Riverside crew praying to the weather gods

Mark Dobson will compete for Southland Saloon Championship at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway.

THREE meetings this season have already passed X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway by, and not one race has even been started, not the start the club wanted after the horrors of last season.

Two early meetings were called off due to Covid-19 restrictions, while the last race meeting was a washout; this weekend the team at Riverside is praying for a fine day.

It will be a big meeting for several grades as Saloons, Youth Saloons and Six Shooters will race for the Southland Championship, a big ask considering these drivers haven’t had a chance to even race this season on this track, but there will be no advantage or  disadvantage as all cars and drivers are in the same predicament.

Production Saloons will also race for best pairs — this was part of the cancelled meeting a few weeks back so the club has slotted this event in to allow the grade to get this  championship done and dusted.

All grades have plenty to race for with double season points on offer to all grades, which will give some drivers an advantage in the overall points championship for the 2021/22 season.

Saturday’s meeting will be run under strict Alert Level 2 restrictions so there will be no food
vendors, spectators need to social distance and stick to their bubbles in which they showed up in.

This also means the pit area will be closed to the public, which is frustrating for the club and fans as interaction with the drivers is normally encouraged.

Saturday’s racing gets under way at 3pm with public gates opening at 1pm.