THERE may not be two more polarising sports than speedway and golf, although Steve Williams is a master of his trade in both.
Williams, who is best known for his time as Tiger Woods’ golf caddie, is the mastermind of one of New Zealand’s toughest saloon car competitions, the Holden Trade Club Saloon Speedweek.
He has run the series since 2002-03 and is bringing it south to X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway on Wednesday.
Riverside will be the third stop on the tour. A double-header will be held in Christchurch and the series will also go to Greymouth before heading south.
After the Invercargill round the drivers will head to Dunedin before the final round in Cromwell, all in the space of a week.
Williams has hand-picked 24 drivers for the Holden Trade Club Saloon Speedweek.
Williams and some of the North Island’s top saloon drivers will battle it out against the South Island’s best.
The South Island contingent will include Riverside trio Euan Shearing, Dean Shearing and Jeff Richardson, who will also eye the series’ rookie honours, and bank on solid local support on their home track to get them home.
For the majority of the North Island drivers, this will be their first visit south, but for the likes of Ted and David Ingram, of Auckland, it won’t take them long to adapt.
The credentials of all those selected, including 2017-18 champion Paddy North, of Blenheim, are second to none.
Competitors get split into three groups, all facing each other over four 12-lap heats.
The top 10 then go into a shootout to determine grid positions for the 20-lap final. Across all the heats and finals, the drivers collect finishing points and passing points, making every move valuable in the grand scheme of the overall points.
MTF Finance Invercargill has supported Riverside Speedway in getting the saloon speedweek to Invercargill. MTF Finance Invercargill will have Williams and several other saloon speedweek drivers at the Dee St branch leading up to the event. It will be a great chance for autographs, photo opportunities and ticket giveaways.