Alex Crosbie continues to impress

Alex Crosbie in his Ray GR21 on his way to his first podium in the South Island Formula 1600 Championship at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, in December. Photo: Ron Veint

FIFTEEN–YEAR OLD Invercargill driver Alex Crosbie has maintained his impressive form with a great start to the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship at Taupo Motorsport Park last weekend.

Crosbie, who secured third in the 2021/2022 South Island Formula 1600 Championship at his home circuit Teretonga Park in his Ray GR21 the previous weekend, travelled to Taupo to contest the first of two rounds which will determine the New Zealand Championship and made an impressive start at a circuit he had never raced at before.

Crosbie had a short time to get to grips with the Taupo layout but adapted quickly to race to four third placings in the four races during the weekend.

He left Taupo sitting third overall in the championship and second in Class 1.

He now heads to the second round, due to be held in much more familiar territory, the Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna in Christchurch, on May 1.

Alex, a Year 11 pupil at Southland Boys’ High School, admitted before he left for the New Zealand Championship round that it would be a baptism of fire as he had never driven at the circuit with his first laps coming during Friday testing.

However, he overcame that disadvantage to produce strong results in a field which brought the best of North and South Island drivers together for the event.

Crosbie has a varied motorsport background, having successfully competed in karts, taking a third place at the Nationals and a second at the National Schools Kartsport Championship while also competing across the Tasman in the past.

He also competes in speedway, recently winning the Pits Media Trophy with six wins, two seconds and a third placing after rounds at Invercargill, Dunedin and Cromwell. He has also had the occasional saloon car outing at Teretonga Park.

– Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer