Nelson's Brad Neiman, who is a strong chance to win the South Island Stock Car Title this weekend. Photo: Tom Laney/Imagepress.co.nz.

Big field to compete for SI Stock Car title

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Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway will host the biggest field of stock cars to race for the South Island Title in recent years, on Saturday night.

Currently 48 cars have entered and it promises to be a tough contest with plenty of top drivers from around the South Island attending.

The local boys will be intending on keeping the title here and have 19 cars entered, but it’s going to need clever tactics and plenty of friends to win.

Last year’s champion only won it on the final lap and it may come down to that again this time.

Tasman Thunder drivers Michael Paynter, Keightly Teece and Brad Neiman will be the local leading hopes, but may be targets early on. There are plenty of stirrers attending so expect lots of action.

There are two qualifying groups with the top 26 racing a three heat final. The club are also hosting the War of the Wings Sprint Car round.

These drivers will be keen to get some valuable lap times in before the New Zealand Grand Prix in January. There will be around 20 cars here for the night, including ex three time national modified champion Luke Keegan and former champion Jamie Duff.

They will take on the locals Steve and Brett Sullivan, Kris Gerard, Jason Ritter, Greg Teece and Jason Smith.  It’s shaping up to be a cracker of a final meeting before Christmas.