Two meetings to go at Riverside Speedway

Sprintcar driver Ross McKinnel gets some pressure from fellow competitor Matt Anderson at a X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway event. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth

ONLY two meetings remain in what has been ‘the season from hell’ for the team at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway.

In what has been a turbulent season due to rain-outs, the club have only managed to put on a handful of meetings, and now have a backlog of championships to complete, which will happen on Saturday.

A big day of championship action is scheduled with stockcars, sprintcars, production saloons and youth saloons all lining up to crown Southland champions.

Stockcars have struggled somewhat throughout the season to field a decent number of cars, but a number of Dunedin and Cromwell cars had committed to come south this Saturday to battle it out for the titles.

They will also return later this month, on April 24, to compete at the final meeting for the Ronnie Tree Memorial Trophy and with all the national and island championships done and dusted, the drivers will no doubt, be keen to wreck some gear.

Sprintcars will also be a welcome addition to the programme, with no Southland championship being contested for a number of years.

The field will be made up of mainly Cromwell drivers with a few locals in the mix wanting the silverware to stay at home.

It will be a full-on weekend for the sprintcars as they will also race in Dunedin on the Friday night before heading south to contest this championship.

The speedway stars of the future will once again have a crack at completing the Southland champs.

Three times this season, the Southland Youth Saloon Champs have been attempted and every time weather was the champ on the day.

This will be an extremely hard fought championship with a number of drivers improving throughout the season, really making this championship a highlight.

The grade had two great sponsors in Savoy Bakery and Just Diggin NZ coming on board with some prizes.

The final championship will be for production saloons, with the weekend warriors who turn up meeting after meeting, battling wheel-to-wheel, and putting on some of the best racing.

A big field was expected to contest the Southland Championship, with a few out-of-town drivers making noises about converging on Riverside.

Racing will get under way at the earlier time of 1pm on Saturday.