In years gone by you could almost be excused for thinking Kartsport Southland's Twilight Series was being held in the middle of winter, but the weather gods have shone upon the Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway once again, to help set up a brilliant days racing, which many of the Southland public got out to see.

This event was the second and final round of the Twilight Series, which consisted of four heat races at each race meeting, with total combined points added together to give us overall place getters. Just one trophy went north and that was in the Cadet class where Dunedin’s Tyson Bone won the event, but certainly had his work cut out for him with the Smith brothers of Riversdale pushing him hard over the whole event. In every heat the Smith brothers seemed to have the best of Bone, but with a couple of laps to go in each race Bone seemed to find speed in his kart that the other karters just couldn’t compete with, at the end of the two events Jayde Smith had to settle for second and Corey Smith third.

In Junior Yamaha there was only the two karts entered and Jordan Michels took overall victory from Brock Wills, the junior class will beRebekah Michels.jpg hoping for more karts for competition heading into some of the larger meetings further on in the year. Junior Restricted on the other hand produced some of the best racing of the two meetings, Luca Burns dominated to take overall honours, Rebekah Michels drove well over the two events but will be hoping to find a little more speed to challenge Burns for the top step of the podium, Zac Hamilton was third.

Senior Yamaha Lights was exciting to watch over the two events with nothing separating the top six karts on track, overall victory went to Vaughan Marshall who has won his first event after taking almost a year off, Braydon Shuttleworth managed a solid second and looks to be adapting well to his move up the senior ranks, and in third was Daniel Rosel who also looks in good form but was a victim of some other over anxious driving in the pack. Mike Smith won the final class of the event, Yamaha Heavy, Smith had some great battles over the event with Graham Reid who finished second, and also a hearty effort by John Robb who hasn’t raced for some time in third.

Kartsport Southland now turns its focus to its next meeting on March 3rd.

Photo: Rebekah Michels leads Larni Farquharson in Junior Restricted Yamaha.

Report and picture from Daryl Shuttleworth, Kartsport Southland Publicity Officer










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