The Southland public will be treated to a feast of top karting action in 2013, with the Southland club hosting the Spirit Of A Nation Championships in April, the Southern Series in August and the South Island Championships in October, these events promising to attract some of the country's best drivers to the Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway.

The season kicked off on Saturday in sweltering heat with a twilight meeting which attracted a good mix of drivers from Dunedin, seasoned local drivers and a good host of new drivers taking up the growing sport of karting. Dunedin driver Tyson Bone claimed the top step of the podium in a very competitive Cadet class, Bone was made to work extremely hard with Smith brothers Jayde and Corey nipping at his back bumper all night,  Jayde upstaged him in the final heat of the day to secure second overall from brother Corey.

Junior Restricted was highly entertaining and competitive, Winton’s Luca Burns won his first meeting since moving up from the Cadet class late last year, Burns was involved in a nasty accident with third place getter Rebekah Michels, both walked away unscathed after having a wheel to wheel battle for the lead. Zac Hamilton secured second overall with Larni Farquharson tied with Michels for third, newcomer Khan De Thierry was also very impressive in his first start.

A small field of Junior Yamaha karts was won by Jordan Michels, who will be making the most of home track knowledge, with big V Marshall.jpgmeetings coming up this year Michels will be expected to be at the sharp end of the field in those events. Brock Wills also looked fast in his first meeting in a new kart, Wills looks to be improving each race meeting securing second in the class.

The biggest class of the meeting was the Yamaha Senior Lights, Vaughan Marshall made it a clean sweep in his first meeting back in almost a year, but was pushed hard by an improving Daniel Rosel in second and Braydon Shuttleworth in his first senior sprint meeting third, Michael Smith claimed first in Yamaha Heavy followed by Graham Reid and John Robb.

Another Southland driver in action over the weekend was George Keast who was competing in the Mi Sedaap Kartsport New Zealand CIK Trophy of NZ being held in Wellington. Keast who usually would run in Rotax Heavy was entered in the light class at the event and finished twelfth overall with engine issues hampering his charge in the final.

Kartsport Southland are back on track February 9th with another twilight meeting.

Photo: Vaughan Marshall in action at Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway

Report from Daryl Shuttleworth, Kartsport Southland Publicity Officer, 03 2184242, 0274 892892, shuttsynz@xtra.co.nz






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