North hoping luck holds
Two weeks ago in Cromwell, Blenheim saloon car driver Rob Flood did his province proud by becoming the first Marlborough speedway competitor to earn the top spot in a national championship event.
Just a few weeks before, he finished second at the South Island championships on the same track.
With that in mind, Blenheim super saloon driver Paddy North is hoping a pattern is forming. North collected second place at the South Island Super Saloon Championships in Invercargill late last month and is optimistic he can follow in Flood's footsteps at the national championships at Christchurch's Woodford Glen track tomorrow and Saturday evenings.
North said he would be delighted if he could mix his South Island success with a bit of luck to bring a second national title back to Eastern States Speedway.
"Hopefully, I will keep following Floody. He got his second place in his South Island championship, then I went and did the same. He goes to the nationals and finishes on top, so hopefully a trend is forming . . . no pressure."
His 46e Lovelady Monaro Super Saloon has been frequenting the Woodford Glen track as much as possible in recent weeks as he continues to develop various setups in search of finding the optimum performance from the Chevrolet powered racecar. One of the premium classes in the sport, super saloons have gone through growth and decline periods but this year there are 40 entries confirmed for the title and the class looks in great shape for the future.
For many seasons, North has been the only Blenheim competitor in the class and has had some impressive results but has never quite been able to claim the 1, 2 or 3 NZ livery. With his second in the South Island championships and a second in the last NZ Super Saloon Grand Prix, he sits second overall in the seven round ELF Supercup series.
Club members at Eastern States Speedway are eager for another success after so many drivers have put themselves in the history books this season. Last month, the Eastern States Titans stockcar team collected a 2NZ result at the National Stockcar Teams Championship. You can follow North's progress at facebook.com/paddynorthracing or paddynorth.co.nz.
- The Marlborough Express
14 February 2013