There were certainly some happy faces at The Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway recently when Kartsport Southland decided to mix things up a little and run handicap racing followed by a 25 lap grand prix. It certainly made things a  bit more interesting, and it resulted in a few newer drivers picking up there first victories. corbyn-gran-prix-(4).gif

Kartsport Southland Publicity Officer Daryl Shuttleworth said “ the whole idea of the meeting was to give the newer drivers a decent shot at racing up the front of the pack, and perhaps pick up a win or a placing. It also made the faster drivers work a lot harder than usual to get to the front, with extra traffic to contend with and ground to make up”.

Track conditions were very greasy with light drizzle falling most of the day, so it was a gamble whether to race with slicks or wet tyres early on, but by the time the 25 lap grand prix had come around it was certainly more beneficial to those running wets.

In the Cadet class Luca Burns took overall honours from Corbyn Shuttleworth and Dunedin’s Josh Bethune third. Shuttleworth celebrated his first ever karting win by winning races 2 and 3 but mechanical failure let him down in the grand prix.

Also winning his first race was newcomer Brad Sinclair who has only competed at three meetings, Sinclair was competing in the Open class which  featured  KT100 Yamahas, Rotax and Gearbox karts, Sinclair did enough to finish third overall behind an ever improving Daniel Rosel and Dunedin’s Kerry Bowen won the class.

Jade Reynolds won two races in the Junior Yamaha class. He was given a good head start and run on wet tyres when his competition raced on slicks. This meant Reynolds almost lapped them in what was only his second outing in karts. His competition only let him away with this for a couple of races before going onto wet tyres as well.

In the 25 lap grand prix Braydon Shuttleworth led for 21 of the 25 laps before a good passing manoeuvre saw Jordan Michels take the lead and maintain it till the chequered flag.  Michels also won the meeting from Reynolds with Shuttleworth third.

In Junior Restricted Larni Farquharson picked up her first victory as well and claimed second for the day. Rebekah Michels dominated the class winning two races and the grand prix. Zak Hamilton was third.

CAPTION: Corbyn Shuttleworth was second in the Cadet class.

Event report provided by Daryl Shuttleworth, Kartsport Southland Publicity Officer



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