Christchurch karter Jacob Mitchell was a worthy winner of the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy after a dominant two18JRGPNelRotLightJacobMitchell16-1 (003).jpg days competing in the Rotax Max 125cc Light class at this year’s Mike Greer Homes-sponsored Jason Richards GP kart race meeting in Nelson over the weekend.

The meeting is the fourth organised by the KartSport Nelson club in honour of former club member, Nelson-born V8 Supercar racer Jason Richards, who died of a rare form of cancer in 2011.

This year’s two-day meeting format saw each of the seven Jason Richards GP classes get a qualifying session and three 12-lap heats on Saturday, a fourth – this time 15-lap reverse grid – heat on Sunday morning, then a Top 6 Shootout and 40-lap Grand Prix Final.

As well as trophies for first, second and third in each of the seven Jason Richards Trophy classes, there were also cash prizes courtesy event naming rights sponsor Mike Greer Homes and the overall Jason Richards GP Trophy donated by18JRGPNelRotLightJacobMitchellwinsJRMemTrophylr-1 (002).jpg Tony Dyer, a karting contemporary of the late driver, and presented by Jason’s parents Dave and Pauline Richards, together with Tony Dyer.

Mitchell earned the class and overall trophy with a dominant performance in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class, the teenager winning three of the four heats on Saturday then claimed a second in the fifth heat on Sunday morning before topping the time sheets in the class Top Six Shootout and winning the stand-alone 40-lap 125cc Rotax Max Grand Prix race from Jack McLaren, Cameron Hay and Andrew Broughton.

Other drivers to complete the class/shootout/GP trifecta in their classes included cub president Kevin Barker (125cc Rotax Max Heavy), Tony Dyer (Light) and Jason Richards (no relation) (Heavy) in ClubSport LO206, and William Exton in 125cc Rotax Max Junior, the latter from Chrischurch driver Jacob Douglas, and local pair Bo Hill and Louise Gridley.

In the other classes the spoils were shared. In Vortex Mini ROK Logan Mason from the Manawatu won four of the class18JRGPNelVMRGPLoganManson16leadshomeOliverWorkman9-1 (002).jpg heats and finished second in the other to claim the overall class win. He also won the 40-lap class Grand Prix race but was beaten to the top spot in the class shootout by a very determined local driver, Oliver (Ollie) Workman.

Young Christchurch ace Izaak Fletcher ended up in a similar position, taking out the Cadet ROK class title with three wins and two second places in the heats, and winning the 40-lap class Grand Prix race. It was a top local driver, Lochiel McGregor, who topped the time sheets in the class Top Six Shootout, however, with Blenheim’s Arthur Broughan second and Izaak Fletcher third.

CAPTIONS: The winner of the overall Jason Richards Memorial Trophy at the KartSport Nelson club’s Mike Greer18JRGPNelCadetROKIzaakFletcher35leadsLochielMcGregorlr9-1 (002).jpg Homes-backed, fourth annual Jason Richards GP meeting in Nelson over the weekend was Christchurch driver Jacob Mitchell. He is seen here on the way to winning another 125cc Rotax Max Light class heat and receiving the trophy from Jason Richards’ parents Dave (left) and Pauline Richards (right) and Tony Dyer. Logan Mason (#16) and Ollie Workman (#9) finished first and second respectively in the Vortex Mini ROK class. Also finishing first and second respectively in their class, Cadet ROK, were Izaak Fletcher (#35) and Lochiel McGregor (#9). Photo credit: Fast Company/Chris Hogan








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