Young guns to fire at opener

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Jack Brown practices at X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway.
Jacob McIntyre will be a tough competitor in the X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway sprintcars this season.

X FACTOR Cars Riverside Speedway will open its gates for the first time since March when the club hosts its season opener and Flooring Xtra Demolition Derby Teams Championship on Saturday.

Two young drivers eager to get racing are 20-year-old Jack Brown and 17-year-old Jacob McIntyre, who have followed similar paths to get to where they are. Both drivers began in the club’s youth saloon class, and have been Southland champions.

They both went on to be competitive six shooter drivers once they hit the senior ranks.

Last year, the pair ran a handful of meetings in a sprintcar and this season have stepped up to sprintcars full-time.

Brown started in a Honda CRX, and McIntyre, a Toyota Starlet, both which were common cars for people going back and forth from the supermarket.

They are now behind the wheel of an 800hp V8-powered monster, known as the Formula 1 of dirt, and both have taken to the grade like a duck to water.

This Saturday night they will have their first real hit-out against some tough competition.

Former Auckland Warrior Whetu Taewa is set to be entered, as is the multi-time South Island Sprintcar champion Jason Scott.

These drivers, along with a few others, will be on-track at Riverside, but Brown and McIntyre will want to perform well in front of the local crowd and show these other drivers they are not just there to make up the numbers.

This Saturday will also be the second running of the Demolition Derby Teams Championship, sponsored by Flooring Xtra.

Last year only saw two teams, but they certainly put on a show. This year there will be four teams, so the carnage should be entertaining to say the least.

All grades will be competing for double club points on the night which could hold a handy advantage for overall points at the season’s end.

Grade racing will be sprintcars, youth saloons, production saloons, saloons, six shooters, modified sprints, stockcars and streetstocks.

Racing will begin at 2pm, with gates open at noon.

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