Rally drivers test their throttles at speedway

Kahu Moxham, of Invercargill, came in first in one of the three races for the Otago Champs...
Kahu Moxham, of Invercargill, came in first in one of the three races for the Otago Champs production saloon class. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Petrolheads from all over the South Island flocked to Beachlands Speedway last night to watch many of Otago and Southland’s finest rally drivers battle it out on the track.

The annual Beachlands Speedway Christmas Challenge was back in Waldronville, Dunedin yesterday, complete with action, fumes and noise.

Speedway president Matt Stewart said the evening was a good, fun day out.

"It’s hit and miss with people on holiday and sometimes it is a little light, but the turnout tonight was good."

As president, Mr Stewart is often the man behind the scenes, bogged down in management and unable to get on the track.

However, last night he was able to tear himself away to hop behind the wheel and compete for the first time in a year.

Mr Stewart raced in the street stocks, competing in all three races.

"I finally get to have a race today, so that’ll be good, but mainly [I’m] just looking forward to [things] going smoothly and getting through the night without too much drama."

In keeping with the Christmas theme, Santa stopped by and held a lolly scramble for the younger ones.

One of the interesting tussles on the night was the battle for the Otago Champs production saloon class, with 17-year-old Invercargill racer Kahu Moxham taking the top spot in one of the races, and coming in second overall.

Kahu started competing when he was 13 and yesterday celebrated the second win of his racing career.

Kahu said the track came with difficulties, with the third and fourth corners being quite bumpy, providing him and his fellow drivers a challenge in the race.

The winner of the production saloon class was Tyler Kelk, with Kahu pulling up in second place.

Third place went to Ricky Pilley.

For the Otago youth ministocks, Jaxyn Houtos took top spot, with Oliver McCartney coming in second, followed by Jaxon Dacombe in third.