Tue, Jan 11, 2022 6:01 AM

Ricky Boulton gets the double

Smoking the competition at the Dirt Master Super Saloons Cup. Photo: Rebecca Connor Maling

Jody Scott

Former Nelson Tiger Ricky Boulton took out both top prizes in the Super Saloons on Saturday, winning the Dirt Masters title and Trackman Trophy in a solid night’s racing at Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway.

The current Speedway New Zealand president, now residing in Dunedin, headed off a star line-up including three former multiple New Zealand champions.

It was the first hit out for the grade this season in Nelson, the club struggling with numbers.

The first race was a smoker, Mark Osborne and Isaac Russ pulling infield with heavily smoking cars.

Race two saw Mark Osborne’s car go up in smoke again, this time left with a hole in the motor ending his night.

There were a few hairy moments over the night, Paul Berg and Steve Flynn testing out the wall, while McManaway struggled for grip spinning on several occasions but recovered later in the night.

Ian Boulton kept clocking up the points to be first equal with Grant Flynn, but a faster lap time saw Boulton get the spoils, he then led the feature race from start to finish to claim the Trackman Trophy as well.

The super stocks stirred it up heat two, Ian Clayworth and Alex Hill taking a huge hit into the wall with Hill's bumper wrapped firmly round the front wheel.  

The side cars had their Trackman Trophy meet, Nathan Ching and Shaun Solly taking out the title on a challenging track.

Quarter midgets were first out on the track for 2022, Lakyn and Kohen Thompson picking up wins with Locky Martin keeping the West Coast brothers honest.

Next week’s meeting on the 15th has been cancelled but Stock cars feature when racing returns on January 22.