Cox back to his winning best at titles event

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Findlay Dixon (41) leads Marissa Ahlfeld (14) in the Junior Max section of the South Island Karting Championships in Invercargill. Photos: Corbyn Shuttleworth

CHRIS Cox was back to his winning best at KartSport New Zealand’s annual South Island Sprint Championship meeting at Invercargill during Labour Weekend.

Dunedin’s Marissa Ahlfeld competes in the Junior Max class.

Victory in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class at the meeting at the KartSport Southland club’s Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway on Saturday earned the 26-year-old from Rangiora his 12th South Island title in 13 years.

He did it style, too, qualifying fastest and claiming a clean sweep of wins across all class races, including the title-deciding 26-lap final from fellow KartSport Canterbury clubmates Cameron Hay, Thomas Emmerson and Jack Noble-Adams.

The other big story to come out of the two-day Invercargill event was Dunedin driver Arron Black’s title win in the Rotax Max Heavy class.

Black, a keen historic touring car racer, qualified fastest and was unbeaten in the heats, pre-final and final to take his second South Island kart title. He won his first when he was a junior in 1995.

James Black of Dunedin leads Chris White of Canterbury in the Vortex Mini Rok section.

Second in the class was top local driver George Keast, with Nelson’s Kevin Barker third.

Picton’s William Exton also had a good weekend, successfully defending both his South Island Junior 100cc Yamaha and Junior Rotax class titles. Christchurch’s Adam Godwin was runner-up in both classes.

Louis Sharp, meanwhile, added the South Island Vortex Mini ROK title to his CV with a dominant winning run in that class. Dunedin pair Jaxon Harvey and Rotax Max Heavy class winner Arron Black’s son, James Black, battled mightily all day for the other two steps on the podium, with Harvey claiming second, Black third and Nelson’s Ollie Workman fourth.

Ethan Tuffley of Invercargill competing in the Junior Max class.

It was just as close in the Cadet ROK class, where Arthur Broughan, of Blenheim, stepped up to claim the South Island title from recent Mainland Series class winner Lochy McGregor, of Nelson.

The South Island Sprint title meeting was hosted by the KartSport Southland club at its Invercargill Oil Shop Raceway at Sandy Point Domain. It attracted almost 60 entries across six classes from throughout the South Island.

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