The Marlborough Express
Last chance for vital points
Marlborough motorsport fans will be treated to a Speedway Spectacular on Saturday night when Eastern States Speedway hosts the Radiator Services 2012 South Island Super Saloon Championship at Renwick.

A strong field of 750+ horsepower purpose-built machines are expected to deliver fast and close racing to decide this season's southern champion.

As the season edges to its mid-April closure, the majority of national calendar events are now completed, leaving the championship as a final chance for some drivers to add to their achievements or, for some, to gain their first major result of the season.

Two weeks ago, the last rounds of the Elf Super Saloon Cup Series were contested at Dunedin and Cromwell with Canterbury racer Josh Boulton becoming the new champion, followed by Richie Taylor, also from Christchurch and Invercargill's Mike Verdoner third.

The popularity of the five-round series attracted much interest when hosted on Blenheim, Nelson and Christchurch tracks throughout the season and most of the 16 competitors are hoping to run on Saturday along with fellow southern drivers.

Confirmed drivers for the meeting include 2NZ Neville Wood, 3NZ Mark Carey, Shane Carey, Ian Burson (Nelson), Josh Boulton, Bruce Boulton, Richie Taylor, Dennis Bolt and Kane Lawson (Christchurch), Invercargill's Ray Stewart and Blenheim's Paddy North.

Although a home track hosting of the national championship didn't allow Nelson's Ian Burson any chance of success in January, he has since proved a force to be reckoned with claiming victory in the New Zealand Grand Prix, Woodford Glen's Super Saloon Hoopla, along with multiple wins since, making his campaign in his 2011 Hypermac saloon stronger with each appearance.

North will be working hard with the local crowd behind him after gaining success in Cromwell by finishing third in the Elf Super Cup feature.

- The Marlborough Express
15 March 2012