Opening weekend delayed for safety reasons

The Riverside Speedway's opening meeting this weekend has been delayed as the club awaits the arrival of poles to complete a new safety fence.

The Riverside club has taken on a $300,000-plus upgrade of its venue to ensure it remains at the standard to continue racing.

The project has predominantly been funded by the Invercargill Licensing Trust and the ILT Foundation.

The final stage of the upgrade is the building of a safety wall, which was hoped to be completed to get racing starting this weekend.

However, the club was still awaiting poles for the fence, which are being imported from China.

Club president Graeme McKernan said the poles were now scheduled to arrive in Bluff on October 25 with the plan to have the fence completed for November 17, which will now be the opening event of 14 for the club this season.

Tonight was supposed to be the club's fireworks extravaganza, where racing is mixed with a $9000 fireworks display for the public to enjoy.

However, that fireworks display will now be held at the November 17 meeting, which will include the production championships, youth saloon best pairs and streetstock championships.

McKernan said the club apologised to the public for the delay to the start of he season but said racing could not proceed until the safety fence was completed.

The Southland Times