The Marlborough Express
North gets jump on saloons
Blenheim speedway driver Paddy North has a narrow overall lead following the first two rounds of the DHL Saloon Speedweek in Marlborough and Christchurch over the weekend.

A seven-round series, the DHL Speedweek sees 22 saloons compete from one end of the South Island to the other in a week full of action-packed saloon racing. Usually seen in the less limited and much faster super saloon class, North has taken the opportunity to run in the series in a saloon prepared and owned by Darfield race car designer John Lovelady.

Eastern States Speedway near Renwick hosted the opening round on Friday night, with North claiming second in the feature race after a battle with eventual race winner Chris Cowling from Mount Maunganui. Also from Tauranga, Chris Taylor finished third. Round two was at Christchurch's Woodford Glen on Saturday night and North was again second in the feature, this time behind Cromwell's Shane McIntyre. Daryl Ainsley, another Cromwell driver, was third. Greymouth was scheduled to host round three on Sunday night, but excessive rainfall meant racing had to be cancelled.

The series moves to Invercargill for round four tomorrow night, before heading to Dunedin on Thursday, Cromwell on Friday and finishing up in Ashburton on Saturday. Heading into round four, North holds a slim lead from Taylor and Cowling.

- The Marlborough Express
10 December 2013