Six Shooter series begins 2022 season

Duane Cracknell heads off Nigel Marshall in a previous meet at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway. The pair will do battle in Six Shooters this Saturday. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth

A ROUND of the Six Shooter South Island Series and the Brett Cooper Memorial are set to begin the New Year at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway this Saturday with both open wheel classes expected to put on a show.

The Six Shooter South Island Series will see drivers from Cromwell, Christchurch as well as Riverside drivers Harrison Brown, Jason Jenner, Duane Cracknell, Emma Gordon and Nigel Marshall, battle it out over three heats and a final.

Modified sprints will run for the very prestigious Brett Cooper Memorial Trophy. Cooper was a pioneer of the sport, in particular the Midget class in the late 1980s-90s. Cooper was responsible for builds on several cars in the grade and introduced Japanese motors to the grade which developed into being a true game changer. With the Midget class no longer being run at Riverside, the Modified Sprint grade has become the grade that runs for this trophy.

Production Saloons will have a capacity field of 24 cars for its Southland Championship, this promises to deliver some exciting racing with several entries from Dunedin, Cromwell and Blenheim all entered.

Several local drivers including Blake Murdoch, Hayden Graves and father and daughter duo Stephen and Asha Clements, will be expected to be among the front runners in the championship.

Youth Saloons will team up and run the Best Pairs Championship. There has certainly been some exciting racing across the grade so far this season and several drivers have vastly improved, some of them new drivers who are now pressuring some of the more experienced campaigners.

The club hosted its first meeting between Christmas and New Year and it was a huge success. Several out-of-town drivers and supporters of the sport made the trip to the three southern tracks, Riverside, Cromwell and Dunedin, to make it a true family speedway holiday, and the ILT Fireworks Extravaganza topped off the evening.

Saturday’s event will also see Saloons, and Streetstocks in support, gates open at 1pm with racing under way at 3pm.