Richards takes the major spoils

17:00, Apr 20 2014
Darryl Richards
VICTORY WAVE: Darryl Richards celebrates after winning the New Zealand Street Stock Grand Prix at the Riverside Speedway on Saturday.

There was no shortage of carnage at the Riverside Speedway on Friday and Saturday and Southland Stock Car Drivers' Association president Graeme McKernan was thankful the damage was limited to just the cars.

The Riverside Speedway, at Sandy Point near Invercargill, hosted the New Zealand Street Stock Grand Prix on Friday and Saturday.

Qualifying was on Friday before the winner was decided on Saturday.

It was Darryl Richards from Dunedin who took street stock grand prix honours, heading off Invercargill's Arnie Tuhura, with Shane Chapman, from Christchurch, third.

In other classes Christchurch's Tom Lumsden won the modified sprints event and Dave Horton was the winner in the production saloons class.

There was a scary moment on Friday evening when a wheel went flying over the regulation 3.8m fence and into a car windscreen amongst the crowd.


However, nobody was hurt.

McKernan was one of those relieved everybody come away unscathed. "Thankfully nobody was hurt, even with the new regulations and the height of the fence you can't predict wheels getting ripped off cars," he said.

McKernan said it was the only blip in an otherwise entertaining meet.

"It was a very successful weekend, everything went well, the weather did its part and it was a crowd pleaser. There was a lot of carnage out there, there was plenty of car damage but that was it, which is good."

That carnage is expected to continue this Saturday when the Riverside Speedway holds its final meet of the season which includes the popular Southern Smashfest Derby.

Given the programme is expected to be a big one organisers have brought the meeting forward to a 1pm start to ensure they have enough daylight hours to fit everything in.

The Southland Times