Supersaloon title to Ray Stewart


Two Dunedin drivers mastered a poor track to claim victory at last Saturday’s Beachlands Speedway meeting.
Ray Stewart won the Otago Supersaloons title ahead of Campbell McManaway and Marc Whaley won the stock car battle.
Beachlands promoter Ricky Boulton said a poor track affected racing on the Waldronville track, with the supersaloons competition reduced to from three races to two and the stock car teams battle changed to an individual competition.
Mr Boulton likened the state of the track to a river bed, saying the reason for its poor state was “a combination of human error and mother nature”.
Mr Boulton said Beachlands took “full responsibility” for the state of the track and changes had been made to ensure it was up to scratch before the next race meeting on December 10.
A grader would be brought in to repair the track and the club had bought a roller and 4WD vehicles to help maintain the surface.
A burn-out competition is the next attraction at Beachlands scheduled at Beachlands, on Sunday from noon. The burn-outs will be conducted on a concrete pad in the middle of the track, so bad weather will not impact on the competition.
“It doesn’t matter if it slightly rains –┬áit isn’t going to affect the concrete pad.”
Mr Boulton said the burn-out competition would provide a place for young car enthusiasts to “let off a bit of steam”.
The competition will be judged by drivers from the D1NZ national drifting championships taking place at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
Judges will look at how quickly a car lit up its tyres, the looks and noise of the vehicle, and crowd response in determining winners, Mr Boulton said.
“Usually the biggest cheers and the ones the crowd like the most are the ones the judges are going to take notice of.”
The burn-out competition will offer cash prizes for the winners of various car classes.