Kartsport Southland held one of ITS most sucessful Southland Spirit Of A Nation Championships over the weekend with drivers from as far a field as Christchurch travelling South to have a crack at the silverware. 2013 SPIRIT OF NATION.jpg

The Gobal Diesel Parts sponsored event saw quality fields across all nine classes, the threat of it being a very wet meeting looked likely with heavy showers and strong winds greeting the drivers on the Saturday morning, but only the qualifying had to be run in the wet, the clouds dissapeared and the large crowd of spectators on hand got to appreciate the Southern sun and witness some of the best racing seen at The Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway in some time.

A strong field of Cadets entertained the crowd with some good wheel to wheel racing, but at the end of the two day meeting it was Dunedins Josh Bethune who took out the win from archrival Tyson Bone and third was Corey Smith of the Southland club, the trophy for Junior Restricted also made a trip north to Christchurch with talented youngster Lewis Ball dominating all weekend, second went to Jayde Smith and third Luca Burns both of the Kartsport Southland club.

Aleesha Morton was plesantly surprised in the Junior Yamaha class, the sixteen year old in only her fourth meeting drove consistantly well all weekend and was awarded fourth overall in the class, but then after the three top place getters were all disqulified for various technical infringements, Morton was elevated to first place and was more than pleased to be taking the top prize home with her.

Jamie Conroy was fast all weekend, he was entered in both Senior Yamaha Light and KZ2 and he dominated both, in Yamaha he took thewin from Ethan Anderson and Regan Carter both from Southland and in KZ2 he won from Dunedin duo Aaron Aitchenson and Mike Muir.

In Yamaha Heavy Brenley Marshall only decided at the last minute to enter the event to make up numbers inthe class, and he will be pleased he did winning the class from fellow Kartsport Southland drivers George Keast and Ben Johnson.

Rotax Light was won by Dunedin's Josh King who was presured in early races by Southlands Brendon Leitch who was enjoying his first outing in a kart in over eight months, but King was just too fast over the weekend meaning Leitch had to settle for second from a very fast Aaron Black of Dunedin who was also impressive in his first Rotax outing.

In Rotax Heavy it was always going to be a battle between Southland's George Keast and Dunedin's Daniel Harvey but Harvey led the way and never looked back claiming a well deserved victory over Keast and Andrew Downs from Christchurch third.

The final class of the weekend was the Open class were Regan Carter to victory from Damon Leitch, Leitch had suffered mechanical issues all weekend and won Saturdays final to hold the overnight lead, but it was Carter who took Sundays honours and the Southland title from Leitch with Dunedins Aaron Aitchenson third.

Kartsport Southland are back on track with round two of the Club Championships on May 12

Kartsport Southland thanks the following buisnesses that made this meeting possible, Global Diesel Parts, TSR Kart Supplies, Craigs Design and Print, Southland Machine Hire, Mainland Karting South, Jesco Hydrulics, Sievwright Auto Painters, Probuilt Engines, AJ Auto Electrical, Invercargill Oil Shop, Community Trust of Southland, The Lion Foundation and The Invercargill Licencing Trust.

CAPTION: Cadet podium, from left, Tyson Bone, Josh Bethune and Corey Smith.

Supplied by Daryl Shuttleworth - Kartsport Southland Publicity Officer 

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