Baughan ahead as series heats up

20:25, Feb 21 2013

The War of the Wings Sprintcar competition will hit the Riverside Speedway circuit near Invercargill tomorrow night as drivers from throughout the South Island jostle for a piece of the $60,000 prize money on offer in the 10-round series.

The War of the Wings series is heating up, with Riverside the eighth meeting in the 10-meet circuit. After tomorrow drivers will head to Ruapuna and will finish in Cromwell at Easter.

Ray Baughan seems to be the driver to stop and will be one for Southland speedway fans to look out for.

He continued his recent form winning the General Tyres-sponsored War of the Wings round in Dunedin last Saturday night.

The win took Baughan to the lead in the points overall standings.

He sits five points clear of Ashburton farmer Matt Honeywell, who is second at the moment.


Cromwell's Jason Scott had a good round finishing second while Brett Sullivan had his best meeting of the series with a third place.

Scott's fellow Cromwell driver Andy Erskine sits just behind Scott in fifth place in the standings at the moment.

Former Invercargill sprintcar pilot Brent Gaudion, who now lives in Christchurch, will head into tomorrow night with somewhat of a home track advantage.

More than 20 entries are expected for tomorrow night's racing.

One of them could be former New Zealand international cricket star Nathan Astle, who now drives speedway cars.

However, as of yesterday, officials said his entry had not been confirmed.

Action will start at 4pm and it is hoped there will be a big crowd.

The Southland Times