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From a Southland Invasion 

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Kartsport Dunedin hosted their annual Club Champs over the past weekend, with conditions hot it made for some quick and competitive racing for the biggest Club Champs in over 20 years. 

The pace was set early in Cadet ROK with the three local boys James Black, Jaxon Harvey and Samuel Cayford showing it was16 Dunclubchamps black32 Harvey12.jpg going to be a tight battle and they didn't disappoint with their pace on lap record times. In the end the front two battled it out to the chequered flag but Black just getting the edge in heat 3 giving him top honours from Harvey.

Cadet Raket had a very Southland feel to it but local Angus Allen completely dominated the class winning all but one heat and not needing to do the final, Southland's Jacob Earley and Luke Stalker battled hard all day for the other two podium spots and showed they both have a bright future in the sport. 

Vortex Mini ROK had a number of drivers who went into the meeting as favourites and with nearly all the top South Island drivers here we knew we were going to be treated to some entertaining racing. There were 4 different winners over the 5 heats and the lap times between the top 7 had very little separating them. Tyson Bone set the early pace but a incident in heat 3 put to a end of his chances but his strong results throughout the rest of the day gave him 3rd overall. Alex Patrick raced hard as always and struggled early on with the pace of the others but by the end of the day he was the one to catch and that gave him 2nd. Jack Cayford didn't go into the meeting the quickest but used his head, avoided the trouble made some cracking starts and in the end claimed to race wins and the title.

Junior Yamaha was an all Southland affair with great battles being seen throughout the field all day but experienced conquered,16DunClub champs bethune.jpg seeing Invercargill's Logan Thompson taking the win from the sister-brother pairing of Grace and Max Milne. 

Rotax Junior looked wide open after the first couple of heats with the local South Island champion Joshua Bethune making a couple of unusual mistakes to give the rest of the field a sniff. He certainly showed in the last couple of heats why he's the current SI champ coming back strong and taking the title from Travis Smith who received the Driver of the Day trophy and 3rd going to Kohen Muir-Thomson who was in the mix all day just ahead of Invercargill's Harry Wilson. 

The Open class had disappointment from the tuning run for local Regan Freeman where the local lost his water pump putting him out of action for the day so that left locals Aaron Aitcheson and Arron Black to try and stop the favourite Southlands Kyle Dawson from taking silverwear South. Sadly for the pair they had no answer for Dawson's pace with him taking the top step from Black. 

Yamaha Masters was also like the Juniors an all Southland affair with it coming down to the wire and only 2 points separating the podium, Graham Reid took the title from brother and Sister duo of Nigel McAnelly and MaryAnne Renton. 16 Dunclub champsC Smith.jpg

For the first time the club hosted champs for the Briggs and Stratton LO206. Hot favourite on paper would have been George Keast from Invercargill but local knowledge came through with Dunedin's Colin Smith showing a smooth technique to just hold George out in enough heats to finish 1st and Barrie Lay taking 3rd just in front of new comer Scott Watson. 

Rotax Max Heavy was possibly the hardest class we have seen here in years with locals Mark Alhfeld, Ben Carter, Neil Shearer having to run with their elbows out to keep Southland's George Keast's hands off the silverwear. In the end Keast cost himself a chance and ended up 2nd by making one wee mistake in heat 4 which made Alhfeld's life a bit easier in the final and dominating it to take the class honours. Ben Carter showed plenty of pace all day and did enough for 3rd while Shearer finished 4th. 

The final class of the day was the much sort after Rotax Light title. Last year's winner Gethin Pealing showed all the early pace leaving the other local Arron Black and Southland's Kyle Dawson in his wake, but sport can be a funny old thing sometimes with Pealing making a wee mistake in heat 4 giving Black pole for the final. Then a slight misjudgment off the start in the final from Pealing meant Black would get the upper hand this year from Pealing and Dawson taking 3rd in front of Oliver Shearer. 16 Dun clubchampsdawson.jpg

Overall the meeting was a huge success, the 55 plus entries showed that between the two Southern Clubs the sport is looking stronger than ever at this end of the country. 

We must thank all our volunteers who put in a massive day in some very hot conditions and acknowledge these meetings wouldn't happen without your commitment! 

We move on to the KartSport Southland Club Champs this Sunday to continue the inter-club rivalry.

CAPTIONS: James Black (#32) and Jaxon Harvey (#12) battle in Cadet ROK, Joshua Bethune (#SI), New Zealand's first ever Briggs LO206 Club Champion Colin Smith on the top of the podium and  Southland's Kyle Dawson (#78). Credit  Lloyd Palmer Photography.


Report from Daniel Harvey, Kartsport Dunedin

 


 


 

 


 

 
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