Streetstocks contest South Island champs

Steve Dryden (33) goes into this weekend's South Island Streetstock Championship a hot favourite. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth

A LARGE contingent of South Island streetstock drivers and their cars will embark on X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway this Friday and Saturday.

The club would host one of its two major championships for the season the Auto Parts Invercargill/Powderline South Island Streetstock Championship.

Qualifying for the championship would take place on Friday.

Two groups would battle it out to make the final on Saturday, where bash’ racers would race three action-packed heats to crown a champion.

Dunedin driver Benji Smaill would travel south to defend the title he won last year.

Not since 2006 had any driver gone back-to-back in this streetstock championship.

Third in last year’s champs, Darrell “Hoon” Richards would also love to claim the title he had won previously, and with several Dunedin cars entered, these two drivers would be well protected.

The nature of streetstock driving was meant to be tap and spin, but some big hits were guaranteed.

The guy you might have given a little tap once at a local meeting would make you pay at these events, and whoever led the points after two races had better have some friends as they would get an instant target on their back.

Local drivers should fare well at this championship.

They would be led up front by the evergreen Steve Dryden, who had won almost everything there was to win in streetstock, including the South Island Championship.

Andrew Watson was another former champion who finished fourth at the New Zealand championship at Riverside just a few years ago.

These two drivers have a vast amount of experience.

Other local drivers in with a shot would be Dillon Machattie, Luke Molloy, Karl Thompson, Jesse Stevens, Troy Dryden, Craig Ellmers and Chris Kergozou.

Several other grades would also compete for championships during the weekend.

On Friday, the saloons would compete for Dash For Cash, while production saloons and youth saloons would be competing for best pairs.

The 2019/20 memorial trophies up for contention on Saturday night with modified sprints competing for the Brett Cooper Memorial, saloons the Rod McLaren Memorial and the Ronnie Tree Memorial for stockcars.

Production saloons and youth saloons would race in the Dash for Cash, while Euan Shearing Contracting would be putting up some pretty impressive prize money in the Super Saloon Dash for Cash, featuring three-time national champion Mark Osborne, of Rotorua, along with other big names from the super saloon circuit such as Mark Grocott, Ray Stewart and Ricky Boulton.

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