Saloons gear up for series

DARRELL BATE
Last updated 10:15 13/12/2012

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Twenty of the South Island's best super saloon drivers will have their race faces on when Eastern States Speedway in Renwick hosts the opening round of this season's Elf Super Cup tomorrow night.

Starting at 7pm, the meeting will feature the cream of the South Island's drivers in the super saloon class, many of their lightweight and modern machines boasting over 750 horsepower, all sharing the intention of taking home the ELF Super Cup with points earned over a seven round series.

Eastern States has traditionally hosted round one of the series, which tours the mainland's fastest dirt ovals. Round two is planned for Nelson on Saturday evening.

Blenheim driver Paddy North will again join the entry list and is hoping to be as consistent as possible and come away with a top result by the end of the series.

Both the series and the super saloon class has enjoyed a growth spurt in recent times. Previously it was capped at 16 competitors, but this year that has increased to 20 and two additional rounds have been added.

Christchurch's Ruapuna track and Invercargill have come on board, joining Blenheim, Nelson, Cromwell, Dunedin and Woodford Glen, in Christchurch, as hosts of the event.

Among the competitors will be defending champion Josh Boulton, of Christchurch, in his all new Chevrolet Corvette race car. The car is just two meetings old and rolled out of the Lovelady Race Cars workshop in Darfield a few weeks ago.

Boulton's Corvette and other cars will be on public display tomorrow from 11am to 1pm at the Bunnings Warehouse corner, before heading to Eastern States.

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