Big boys coming out to play

EASTLAND Group Raceway hosts one of the meets of the season over the next two nights when the Burger King super saloon series comes to town and the Gisborne connections in the field are expected to perform strongly.

The 29-car field includes several previous New Zealand champions and podium finishers.

Former Gisborne drivers Brent Emerson (7M) and Daniel Corrin (124M) will be in the battle, along with the popular Asher Rees (136P), who made a name for himself as a member of the Gisborne Gladiators stockcars team.

Rees switched to super saloons this season after suffering a serious back injury while competing at a superstocks team race in Christchurch in December.

“I’m still learning about the car but it’s going really well and I am definitely looking forward to coming back to the Gizzy track this weekend,” he said.

“I have my good days and some bad days as I continue to recover from my back injury. Fortunately there are more good days than bad.”

Corrin stepped up to super saloons after winning the New Zealand saloon car title in the 2015-2016 season.

“I’m ninth on points in the Burger King series and I am pretty pumped for this weekend to do well on a track where it all started for me. The car’s going great. It’s got a newer chassis. We’ve only had two runs but so far, so good.”

Emerson has been around the big grunters for 20 years.

“ It’s always good to come back to Gisborne. The Gizzy track is where it all started for me. It’s where I won my first New Zealand title and there’s a lot of history for me on that track.”

The 29 cars will be divided into three groups, which will race over three heats to find 20 cars for the 30-lap final each night.

“This is a huge meeting for us and we have been looking forward to it,” said Gisborne Speedway Club president Grant MacGregor. “An extreme amount of work has gone in behind the scenes to make this meeting happen.

“It looks like the weather will be on our side. I am sure the two nights will produce fantastic racing, not only in the super saloons but in the Ministock 100 as well, which has attracted more than 50 cars.

The stockcar classic will run on Saturday night as part of the support programme and there will be club points stockcar races tomorrow night.

“We expect more than 20 stockcars.”

Production saloons will race tomorrow night and streetstocks on Saturday night.

The super saloons will be be on display at the railway reserve in Grey Street from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday.

EASTLAND Group Raceway hosts one of the meets of the season over the next two nights when the Burger King super saloon series comes to town and the Gisborne connections in the field are expected to perform strongly.

The 29-car field includes several previous New Zealand champions and podium finishers.

Former Gisborne drivers Brent Emerson (7M) and Daniel Corrin (124M) will be in the battle, along with the popular Asher Rees (136P), who made a name for himself as a member of the Gisborne Gladiators stockcars team.

Rees switched to super saloons this season after suffering a serious back injury while competing at a superstocks team race in Christchurch in December.

“I’m still learning about the car but it’s going really well and I am definitely looking forward to coming back to the Gizzy track this weekend,” he said.

“I have my good days and some bad days as I continue to recover from my back injury. Fortunately there are more good days than bad.”

Corrin stepped up to super saloons after winning the New Zealand saloon car title in the 2015-2016 season.

“I’m ninth on points in the Burger King series and I am pretty pumped for this weekend to do well on a track where it all started for me. The car’s going great. It’s got a newer chassis. We’ve only had two runs but so far, so good.”

Emerson has been around the big grunters for 20 years.

“ It’s always good to come back to Gisborne. The Gizzy track is where it all started for me. It’s where I won my first New Zealand title and there’s a lot of history for me on that track.”

The 29 cars will be divided into three groups, which will race over three heats to find 20 cars for the 30-lap final each night.

“This is a huge meeting for us and we have been looking forward to it,” said Gisborne Speedway Club president Grant MacGregor. “An extreme amount of work has gone in behind the scenes to make this meeting happen.

“It looks like the weather will be on our side. I am sure the two nights will produce fantastic racing, not only in the super saloons but in the Ministock 100 as well, which has attracted more than 50 cars.

The stockcar classic will run on Saturday night as part of the support programme and there will be club points stockcar races tomorrow night.

“We expect more than 20 stockcars.”

Production saloons will race tomorrow night and streetstocks on Saturday night.

The super saloons will be be on display at the railway reserve in Grey Street from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday.

The full line-up of super saloon drivers is — Trevor Rodgers 4M, Steve Flynn 5B, Grant Flynn 6B. Garry Edwards 6M, Brent Emerson 7M, Craig Cardwell 8H, Mark Pitcher 9W, Kristin Vermeulen 12A, Mark Osborne 16R, Sam Waddell 18M, Donald Gregory 21W, Mick Quin 23P, Ben Harding 24a, Chris Cowling 27m, Chace Rodda 33B, Mike Pegler 36A, Steve Cowling 37M, John Roberts 43K, David Speirs 62W, Nigel Mouat 63A, Darren Melling 72B, Rossco Cresswell 77K, Dean Waddell 81M, Scott Haywood 92M, Johnny Browne 95B, Lance Jennings 96A, Dan Corrin 124M, Asher Rees 136P, Campbell McManaway 492I, Josh Boulton 891C.

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