Lloyd Phillips hopes to keep things in family

Last updated 05:00 14/03/2014
Lloyd Phillips

READY TO RACE: Lloyd Phillips with his pride and joy to be raced at the South Island Saloon Championships.

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When Lloyd Phillips says speedway is a family event, it affects him in several ways.

The Invercargill owner of Cleanways is competing in the South Island Saloon Championships at the Riverside Speedway, near Invercargill, tomorrow night.

His brother Craig will be a rival, while Craig's son, Raymond, is driving in another grade on the programme, the modified sprints.

Lloyd's 14-year-old son, George, is among entries for the youth saloons tomorrow.

AJ Lapsley, who will do battle in street stocks, and Geoff Riddell, the clerk of the course at Riverside, are employed by Lloyd, who is also treasurer of the Southland Stockcar Drivers' Association.

Lloyd, a speedway driver for eight years, finished sixth in the South Island Saloon Championships at the Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell last year.

Daryl Ainsley, of Cromwell, won last year and in 2011 and is returning for another crack at the title.

Dave McCallion, of Dunedin, was the 2012 winner.

Riverside is hosting the fourth edition of the premier event. 

As children, Lloyd and his brother Craig used to attend Riverside meetings with their parents, Ray and Pat, in the 1970-80s.

''Craig started [racing] first. He raced productions for a start,'' Lloyd said.

''I'd go along and help him.''

Lloyd was the points champion for the street stocks at Riverside in 2010-11. He gets a huge buzz from speedway.

''There's nothing better than being in control of something that can be out of control, nothing better than a bit of adrenalin,'' he said.

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