Auckland driver Scott Lansdowne leads the way in the first
heat of South Island Speedweek at Beachlands Speedway in
Dunedin last night. Lansdowne won the heat. Photo by Linda
Saloon cars fired up on aviation gas barreled into the
bends at Beachlands Speedway in the Dunedin last night.
South Island Speedweek manager Wes Hughes said he was pleased
with the turnout of drivers and the few thousand spectators
that showed up for the first round of Speedweek in
Speedweek had been held for 11 years in New Zealand but this
was the third year the saloon series had been held in the
South Island, he saidThe best drivers knew how to keep out of
the high-speed pile-ups, he said. "To finish first, first you
Beachlands Speedway president Wayne Andrews said there were
26 drivers competing in the first heats in the five stages of
South Island Speedweek including Anita Sloot, from Auckland.
"Women drivers are reasonably common in speedway and drive as
good, if not better, than the men," Mr Andrews said.
The two Dunedin drivers, Mark Newall (46) and Reon McPherson,
had the home-track advantage but the first heat was won by
Auckland driver Scott Lansdowne (37), who had had past
success in the South, winning South Island Speedweek in 2010.
Although Cromwell driver Daryl Ainsley got the chequered flag
in the eight-car North versus South challenge, the next four
placings by Northerners were enough to win the race overall.
Speedweek continues in Invercargill tonight and Cromwell
tomorrow before heading to Christchurch on Saturday, with the
final chequered flag falling in Blenheim on Sunday.