Last individual titles to be decided at Stratford

Richard Pierce (No 1) will be hard to get past at the Stratford Speedway.
Andrew Hamblyn

Richard Pierce (No 1) will be hard to get past at the Stratford Speedway.

The last individual title winners of the Stratford Speedway season will be found on Saturday night.

The saloon and modified classes are the only two with events left to race for and both classes will compete for two trophies on the night.

Hawke's Bay driver Joshua Smith will join the locals on the track with a 10-car field of saloons contesting the City of New Plymouth Classic and the Plews Memorial.

The class will race four races with the City of New Plymouth Classic being held over the first three and the Plews last.

The starting order will reverse the finishing order for the classic meaning the best drivers will need to work their way through the field from the back if they wish to snare a second trophy on the night.

Joe Ingram is clearly in good form after winning the Hawke's Bay and East Coast champs last weekend. Richard Dreaver, who placed third in the East Coast champs, will be near the front of the field while the Korff duo of father Craig and son Thomas should be on the pace.

Modified drivers will race for similar events, just the other way around.  The Rusty Kay Memorial will be competed for over three races while the City of New Plymouth Classic will be contested over one race, again with the starting order being the reverse of the finishing order.

New Zealand No 1 Richard Pierce will be hard to beat on home soil. His biggest dangers could come from Blair Luscombe and Jason Kalin.

Meanwhile,  Ricky Paul will climb back into Shaun Bloeman's car for the second time this season.  Paul is a vastly experienced racer in the midget class and has also completed several meetings in a minisprint. He has however, only raced modified once for average results.

The race programme will also feature stockcar, adult ministock and midget classes.  The Stratford Stormers Stockcar team are away racing at Kihikihi but there will still be a decent field of cars on hand to race, including Josh Trott who performed well at Hawke's Bay over Easter.

Fifteen Ministocks will take to the track while eight midgets will grace the oval, led by Greg Jones and Duane Hickman.

The last demolition derby of the season will be held at this meeting with the ramp laid.  Between 25 and 30 competitors will race, jump and destroy their cars.





 - Stuff

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