Karting champs draw strong field

Local driver Anton Rasmussen took out the ClubSport Briggs LO206 Heavy title. Photo: Peter Jones.

Karters revelled in the return of national-level sprint events at the South Island meeting in Blenheim over Labour Weekend.

The meeting saw spirited racing across all classes, with defending title holder and local driver William Exton (125cc Rotax Max Light) taking top honours at the Cresswell Electrical-backed South Island champs.

Ninety-three drivers, included a handful of North Islanders, competed in the event on the outskirts of Blenheim, with several locals managing podium positions.


Class title winners were:

125cc Rotax Max Light – William Exton (Marlborough)

125cc Rotax Max Heavy – Matthew Butchart (Richmond)

Rotax Junior – Chris White (Christchurch)

Vortex Mini ROK – Zach Tucker (Christchurch)

Cadet ROK – Jackson Culver (Rangiora)


Two non-championship support classes were also contested at the South Island titles meeting for drivers running Briggs & Stratton 4-stroke engined LO206 karts.

They were won by:  ClubSport Briggs LO206 Light – Tony Dyer (Nelson); ClubSport Briggs LO206 Heavy – Anton Rasmussen (Marlborough).

Local driver Charlie Botham finished second in the Cadet Rok class, age 7-9, Arthur Broughan came second in the Vortex Mimi Rok section, age 9-12, while Archie Botham finished sixth and William Ruffell ninth.

Pete Richardson came home 12th in the Rotax senior division. Cory Crossan came second in the Briggs Light class, with Mike Kendrick a close second behind Rasmussen in the Briggs Heavy.

The next event is the local club champs on November 15.

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