War of the Wings rolls in to town

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"The Captain", Jason Scott, will be entertaining at The Rock FM Riverside Speedway. Photo: Corbyn Shuttleworth 

THERE is no time to rest for the team at The Rock FM Riverside Speedway with the Hydraulink War of the Wings Sprintcar Series returning to the deep south for the first time in several years.

The high horse-powered show-class grade, often referred to as “Formula 1 on dirt”, will bring more than 20 cars to Riverside Speedway to contest round eight of the 11-round series.

Defending champion Jamie “Duffman” Duff will be looking to climb up the points ladder. He currently sits second, just four points behind Connor Rangi, of Nelson.

Duff, a former New Zealand sprintcar champion, is a crowd favourite and leaves everything he has on track, thrilling the big crowds of fans that follow the series, while Rangi is relatively new to the sport, hailing from youth mini stocks and only having completed just one full season of sprintcar racing, but a bright future awaits him.

Luke Keegan, of Christchurch, sits third in the standings. Keegan is a three-time New Zealand champion in modifieds and is a major threat to Duff and Rangi as he sits just 21 points behind the leader.

Local fans will be able to get behind Daniel McKinnel, who is the sole representative from the Riverside club, but for both Kyle Shearing, of Cromwell, and Brent Gaudion, of Christchurch, it will be a homecoming of sorts with both drivers cutting their teeth on the Invercargill track.

Racing for the War of the Wings kicks off at 5pm on Friday, but ensure you get to the circuit early as the entrants will be doing qualifying laps from 4.20pm to determine grid positions for the night’s racing.

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