Caddy steers altered course

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Last updated 15:15 28/11/2012
Steve Williams
Fairfax NZ
STEVE WILLIAMS: "It's really hard to fathom. To be that good, that young, and that composed at that age is just incredible."

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Moving off the golf course to the speedway track would seem an odd transition for some, but not for Tiger Woods' former caddy Steve Williams.

Williams will be in Cromwell on Friday for a North v South Challenge between North and South Island drivers at Central Motor Speedway - part of the third round of the DHL South Island Saloon Speedweek.

The race promises to be an all-out team duel between the four South and North Island drivers, decided by the four drivers at the top of the points table after rounds one and two.

Based on recent form Williams was expected to be a part of the North Island team and Cromwell's Daryl Ainsley was likely to be part of the South Island team.

Central Motor Speedway promoter Jo Gaudion said the event promised spectators a night of full-on action and excitement.

Though the 500hp-plus saloons were the main attraction other classes would be represented by sprint cars, youth and adult mini-stocks, production saloons and a field of 13 sidecars racing like fury as a warm-up to the big sidecar championship in Cromwell on December 30.

Parents with children will also have the chance to to visit the pits to meet the drivers and get a closer look at all the "mean machinery".

Round one of the speed week starts in Dunedin tonight, before round two in Invercargill tomorrow night, then Cromwell on Friday.

The final night of the event will be held in Blenheim on Sunday.

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- The Southland Times

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