Nelson is the battleground for the north v south offroad racing clash on Saturday.
The fastest southern racers line up for their first chance to grab points in the 2016 Polaris New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship on Nelson’s new track.
Racing on the new farm-based short track course at Kinzett Creek Road, Tadmore, the southern racers will be looking to fend off an aggressive challenge from the northerners.
Leading the charge for the south are local racers Nevil Basalaj, Ash Kelly and Cam Stratford; all three in the unlimited race car class.
Their northern challenge is also likely to be the racer who travels farthest to compete: Clim-Tristan Lammers is coming from Hikurangi, near Whangarei.
The biggest grid on the day will be in class three for race cars with engines up to 1.6 litres. There, local racers Greg Winn will be battling for class honours and top points with six others including Alex McIndoe, Grant Adamson and experienced Christchurch racer Wayne Moriarty.
The 2016 Nelson Ruff’n’Tuff gets under way at 11.00 am on Saturday.
The new race venue will be signposted from the Kohatu/Tapawera turn-off, south of Wakefield. Spectator admission is $5 per person, $20 per car load with under fives free.
Leading entries in the 2016 Nelson Ruff’n’Tuff
Class one, unlimited race cars
118- Daniel Powell
128- Clim-Tristan Lammers (Hikurangi, Northland)
175- Josh Rutledge
192- Ash Kelly
4WD Bits class two for production utes and 4WDs
218- Steven John Boyd
250- Ron Crosby
Class three, race cars with engines up to 1650 cc
312- Wayne Moriarty
333- Brendan Old
354- Daniel Rusbatch
371- Greg Winn
375- Grant Adamson
379- Joel Green
399- Alex McIndoe
4WD Bits class four for modified race trucks
444- Darrin Thomason
454- Wayne Wilson
497- Dave Ballantyne
Class five, race cars with engines up to 1300 cc
572- Graham Fleming
577- Clint Densem
V Dub Shoppe class seven
Class eight, unlimited race trucks
829- Martin Vanderwal (Palmerston North)
838- Michael Blackmore
841- Carl Gardner
847- Bryan Chang
898- Grant Rosenberg (Palmerston North)
V Dub Shoppe Challenger class
C22 John Strickett
C93- Brad Harvey