LOCAL HOPE: Josh Pickering is winning fans with his “leave nothing in the bank” style of riding. He will be in action at Kurri Kurri Speedway on Sunday. Picture: PAUL GALLOWAYBikes and karts are in action in a huge weekend at Kurri Kurri Speedway.
On Saturday, the LoxfordPark facility hosts the2016 NSW State Speedway Kart Championships and on Sunday its the fourth round of the 2016 Speedway Solos Winter Series.
Local speedway riders will be keen to haul back the leading point scorers at Kurri Kurri on Sunday.
The eight round series is being held at Undera in Victoria as well Albury, Napean and Kurri Kurri inNSW with each venue hosting two rounds during the autumn/winter months.
The series is beingcontested in three divisions – senior 500 solos, junior 250 solos and junior 125 solos.
In the senior solo division, local riders Josh Pickering (Heddon Greta) and Alan MacDonald (Cessnock)are well placed behind current series leader Ty Proctor (Victoria).
Both Pickering and MacDonaldshared top points at the second round in Albury to edge closer to Proctor who took top points in theopening round at Undera.
Proctor heads the leader board with 35 points, just three points clear of Pickering on 32 points.
Pickering is sure to take home track advantage on Sunday. He has set some very fast times in recentcompetition and his “leave nothing in the bank” style of riding seems certain to make him one of thefavourites this weekend.
Both the junior solo divisions are being dominated by Cowra riders.
Current World Junior Champion,Mathew Gilmore leads the junior 250 solo series and Maurice Brown tops the junior 125 solo series.
Racing starts at 11am on Sunday.
The 2016 NSW State Speedway Kart Championships will precede the speedway solos winter serieson Saturday.
The NSW Speedway Kart Club is conducting the event with State titles in anumber of divisions to be decided.
The championship qualifying races will get underway from9.30am with the championship finals to be decided as twilight races.
Meanwhile, Pelaw Main’sRohanTungate had to nurse his shoulder through thenSwindon Robins thrilling draw at King’s Lynn Stars.
The Robins rider, who is back in the main body of the team after a spell at reserves, damaged his shoulder during last week’s victory over the Stars.
However, Tungatestrapped himself up for Thursday night’s return meet to contribute a valuable five points, after failing to register in his opening two heats, in the 45-45 dramatic draw.
The 26-year-old was not sure whether he would have been able to compete.
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