Riverside not fazed by delays

Caden Race (49) and Stellar Hamilton (77) will debut in Youth Saloons at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway this Sunday.
Cromwell driver Shanarrah Stronach (back) and Riverside Speedway’s Harrison Brown were quick at a recent practice. Photos: Supplied

JUST when you thought the horrors of last season’s record-breaking cancellations at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway were gone, the club has had to deal with the first two race meetings of the 2021/22 season being cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak hindering events in the south.

That will all change this Sunday when the club finally gets to open the gates to the public for the first time this season, albeit under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

The hard-working club members are not too fazed they once again have to play catch up with the two meetings they have lost to date.

Some rescheduling here and there and some fine tuning, and the calendar for the season looks action packed, just what the drivers and speedway fans in the deep south are wanting.

The club’s opening meeting is usually a chance for everyone involved to blow out some cobwebs, or free up the race rust which has developed in the off season, but this Sunday it’s full swing with an action-packed programme on the cards featuring the Civil Construction Southern Sprintcar Series, attracting some of the best drivers from throughout the South Island, all craving track time.

Streetstocks will do battle for the first Steve’s Autos Top Gun Trophy, which was on the line last season, but the wet weather put paid to most of the season so this contest has carried over to this season.

Both saloons and production saloons have Best Pairs Trophies on offer and several out-of-town drivers are expected to make an appearance.

There is also the possibility of a new saloon car fresh from the manufacturer , with a local driver perched behind the wheel.

Sunday’s racing will be under Alert Level 2 conditions; signing in or tracer app usage is compulsory, and wearing of face coverings is recommended.

Social distancing and gatherings around the arena will be monitored and the pit area will be closed off to the general public.

“These rules were a very small sacrifice to allow us to go and do something we love, we do however spare a thought for those that are still locked down and can’t enjoy these small luxuries.”

Racing starts 2pm on Sunday, with gates open for the public at noon.