Paterson Brothers 2015 KartSport Canterbury Enduro

Nobody could have predicted when it was decided to run a summer Enduro that we would be subjected to one of the mostcant enduro pits.jpg unpredictable, unique and cold weather experiences ever witnessed during any season at a kart meeting in the club’s 50+ year history.

The day dawned as it so often does this time of the year with a beautiful sunrise and not a cloud in sight and the event got off to a great start with all classes qualifying uneventfully followed by a Vintage kart demonstration.  

First up for their thirty minute Enduro was the Cadet class, most of the young drivers had never driven around the track for 30 minutes let alone having to deal with the challenge of a compulsory motorsport style fast pit stop complete with refueling.  It was South Island Champion, 8 year old Louis Sharp who opened up an early lead.  An efficient, precision pit stop saw him extend his lead slightly and hold on to it to take the chequered flag having completed 48 laps.  cant enduro cadet pod.jpg

Vortex Mini Rok was no less exciting for the young drivers and they too handled the challenge of driving for a far longer period of time than they are used to really well.  The winner of the class was Zac Christensen who completed 50 laps during the 30 minutes.  During the break for lunch we were treated to another Vintage display and an F1 style podium presentation for the two youngest classes complete with Champagne (sparkling grape juice) and an energetic fizzy soaking for all podium getters that rivaled anything, witness by any class in international motorsport.

First up after lunch was the Junior Rotax Class for their one hour enduro.  The weather was beginning to look and sound like it was taking a turn for the worse and it was anyone’s guess what tyre choice would be the correct one for the race.  As with the morning classes the spectatorscant enduro hail track.jpg witnessed some pretty slick pit stops and great display of driving from the 12 to 16 year olds.  With about 10 minutes to go Mother Nature decided to play a part in the meeting and the threatening thunder and lightning display that had been rumbling around since the start of the race culminated in a torrential downpour of rain and hail that turned the wilted summer grass into a blanket of white and completely soaked the competitors.  It was Reuben Adams who managed to keep his cool and hold on to the lead and take the win. 

A long break to drain the flooded track meant that the Senior 2 hour, 2 driver team enduro was delayed considerably and for a while looked like it may have to be called off however at just before 4pm the decision was made to cut the length of the race to comply with operating restrictions and send the drivers out.  As always with Senior Enduro racing the mix of different classes meant lots of on track action for the spectators to enjoy.  

Most pit stops involved a change of tyres from slick to wet as unfortunately the rain that had held off for over an hourcant enduro seniors.jpg decided to make another appearance.  Most teams made there stop and were back on track when the decision was made to call off the race because of the conditions.  Final results were winners of the Open Class, Ryan Yardley and Dylan Drysdale, Rotax Max Light Class, Jarred Cleghorn and Scott Waller and Rotax Max Heavy Class, Sean Van Heerden and Ben Carter. 

KartSport Canterbury extends a warm thank you to Paterson Brothers Tyres for taking up the role of naming rights sponsor for the event and Monteiths Merrin Street, Justin Neill Engineering, SR Components, Amco Architecture and Mainland Karting for their financial support of the meeting.


Report & pics from Lynda Cox


KartSport New Zealand