Southland speedway fans are in for a feast of action with the Oreti Park Speedway hosting three race meetings over consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday night with the Peter Blick Memorial Sidecars, Best Pairs "A" grade Solos and a full programme of support classes.
The sidecar teams have had very little time to rest, with most of the Southland pairings spending the entire Christmas break racing in Cromwell and Christchurch, but they will be looking forward to getting back to race on home soil, and it would take a betting man to be brave enough to pick a winner for the Peter Blick Memorial with numerous teams showing very good form.
Some of those to watch are Fraser and Johnny Gillespie, along with Kevin Mcdonald and Karl Hosie.
These two experienced pairings will be amongst the front runners, but the teams consisting of Jason Harper and Mark George, Scott Ayto and Dylan Carnie and Shaun Kerr and Dallas Kelman have all shown they are more than capable of winning and will not be easily discounted on the night.
It will also be an interesting night for the solos as they mix things up a little with their best pairs racing, the pairings are determined by drawing names from a hat on the night, which means the quickest rider on track may not be the victor unless his partner is scoring good points also.
Hayden Sims will be keen to show off the form that he showed last weekend in Christchurch, when he rode to third place in the New Zealand Under 21 title, but he will have his work cut out for him with Grant Tregoning, Paul Hayes, Jeremy Godfrey and Jack McRae all keen to get results on Oreti Park prior to The Southland Times New Zealand Championships here in February.
The club will follow up from this meeting next weekend when the Southland Outlaws host the Canterbury Comets in the final round of the Interprovincial Solo Series, and the Pee Wees, Juniors and Sidecars contest the Southland Championship.
Racing this Saturday starts at 4pm.
- The Southland Times