Southland victors crowned

Shane McIntyre tries to slide down the outside of Sam Waddell at the Mag & Turbo Super Cup at Riverside Speedway near Invercargill on Sunday. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth

THE team at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway breathed a sigh of relief last week when they saw the forecast for Sunday reading sunshine with no chance of rain.

The club hosted the Mag & Turbo Super Cup final, along with Southland Championships for super saloons, modified sprints and streetstocks.

The club was hindered by bad weather throughout its season with rain affecting eight of the 11 previously scheduled meetings. The club was humbled by the amount of community support, which was evident once again on Sunday.

While rain had previously been the issue, there was a hold-up during this meet due to dust. Visibility for spectators and drivers became the problem, with two races stopped for safety reasons. Once the track had some maintenance, racing resumed.

Super saloons was the feature class and the V8-powered monsters certainly did not disappoint final round of the Super Cup as well as the Southland Super Saloon Championship. The series was certainly coming down to the wire with Nelson driver Shane McIntyre claiming a slender lead over Bay Park’s Sam Waddell after Saturday night’s meeting in Cromwell.

The pair was a class above the rest in the championship, both dominating on the day. McIntyre was the man to take out the round win with a pass on the last lap of the final deal for him. However, it wasn’t enough to claim the series overall with Waddell picking up enough points during the day to take the series victory ahead of McIntyre with Blenheim driver Paddy North third.

Second for the round was Waddell followed by Cromwell driver Ray Stewart.

It was also Waddell who claimed the Southland Super Saloon Championship ahead of McIntyre in second and Dunedin’s Alister Lister in third.

In streetstocks it was always going to be defending champion Steve Dryden who would be the man to beat. This didn’t take long to happen, with the speedway veteran taking wins in the last two heats before coming under a bit more attention in race three. Despite this, he managed to stay out of trouble to make it three wins from three starts to win the Southland Championship yet again. Karl Thompson, of Riverside, came home second ahead of Clinton Finch, of Dunedin.

Modified Sprints had a small but competitive field. Competitors would complete three races which would decide the grid for the winner-takes-all final, they were won by Vaughan Marshall, Vernon Helms and Jayden Fraser. Overall points gave Fraser and Helms a front row starting spot and it was always going to come down to who was leading coming out of the first corner in the final.

In the final, it was Fraser who got that advantage and never looked like being threatened, driving off to claim his third Southland Modified Sprint title ahead of Helms and Marshall.

Youth saloons also raced for the “Dash For Cash”. Drivers won vouchers and goods depending on their placings over three races. Josh Livingstone took the overall win ahead of Harrison Brown and Darren Stanton.

X Factor Cars now takes a break before getting back in action on March 27.