The Claws are out this weekend at Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway as the Palmerston North Panthers prowl into town to take on the Nelson Tigers for the Super Stock Challenge Cup.
It will be the first hit out for both teams looking at rebounding after last season’s early exit at the Palmy Teams Champs. The Tigers have struggled to fill the team over the past seasons, due to retirements, costs and a lack of numbers. But an S.O.S. from Nelson went out and two of the sport’s most formidable drivers, Peter and Ethan Rees, responded.
The father and son duo have been representing Gisborne Giants over the past few years after a falling out with the Panthers. Peter is a five time NZ stock car champion and won the Super Stock title in 2015.
Ethan has learnt from the best and their “Spank” cars are two of the quickest in the country. The local contingent includes Alex Bright, who almost pulled off winning the Canterbury Champs last weekend, Trevor Lineham and Anthony McKenzie.
The Panthers will be an unknown quantity this season, a few internal rumbles over recent seasons, driver retirements and defections have thwarted the most successful team of all time.
They were bundled out of the Palmy heats last year in front of their home crowd so have a point to prove this season and it all starts here in Nelson. The match up will possibly be the only time we get to see the Tigers race on home ground this year, so come and support the Tigers.
Other fields at this Saturday’s Milestone Home Top of the South Speedway include the Stock Cars, TQs, Production Saloons, Side Cars and Youth Mini Stocks.
Gates open at 5pm with racing due to start at 6pm.