Wet Weather no Deterrent for Karters

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Wet Southland Club Champs
Kartsport Southland's second round of the Club Champs was run on Sunday 20th May in Invercargill and the constant rain didn’t deter drivers from both Dunedin and Southland, with good fields across the classes and some extremely close racing adding to the spectacle.

The event was held in reverse direction and while the rain wasn’t heavy, the constant drizzle meant the track was wet all day.

This didn’t stop Dunedin's Josh Bethune from dominating the Cadet class. Bethune showed total composure in every heat, fighting off strong challenges from Jayde Smith and Luca Burns, who closed the gap throughout the day. But it wasn’t enough to stop Bethune taking the club champs trophy back to Dunedin. Also in the Cadet class Corbyn Shuttleworth was awarded the Anderson Trophy for driver of the day, the second time the eight year old has received this prestigious award. Shuttleworth drove solidly all day and gave a few of his more favoured competitors a bit of a wake up call with good speed and some great passing manoeuvres.

 Rebekah Michels made the most of Zak Hamiltions misfortune in Junior Restricted. Hamilton was ahead on points heading into round two of the championships, but the greasy conditions and kart issues meant Michels was almost unstoppable, only losing one heat. Hamilton had to settle for third for the days racing with newcomer Lasni Farquharson looking very solid in her first race meeting finishing second. 

It was also a member of the Michels family who was dominant in the Junior Yamaha class. Jordan carried on his fine form from the recent Spirit of a Nation Champs a few weeks back to take the round win from Mosgiel’s AJ Fraser. Fraser suffered mechanical issues early in the day but still managed two wins for the day. Braydon Shuttleworth finished third in the class but also suffered early mechanical issues in practice, having to retire his best motor, but was still consistent all day.

Jamie Conroy once again turned on an impressive display of wet weather driving to dominate the fiercely contested Senior Yamaha Light class. The only driver to even get close to Conroy was Vaughan Marshall. Marshall did his best to challenge Conroy but couldn’t quiet match him. George Keast who is in only his second meeting in the Senior class finished a strong third.

In Yamaha Heavy Michael Smith run away with it. Jason Brown looked sharp to finish second with Matt Horton third. They raced along side the Masters class who was dominated by Graham Reid. Reid was untouched all day, Nigel McAnelly finished second and Maryanne Renton third.

Smaller fields of Rotax’s meant they were run together. Kerry Bowen of Dunedin won the Heavy class, while Morgan Fraser drove well enough in the Light class to hold off Brendon Leitch. Damon Leitch won the Open Class.

Kartsport Southland race again with a club day on June 10.

Supplied by Daryl Shuttleworth - Kartsport Southland Publicity Officer 

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