Great finish to ClubSport at Teretonga

Zac Murch (Mazda AZ3) on his way to victory in the Grass Motor khana at Sunday’s Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Triathlon at Teretonga Park.

THE 2021/2022 Southland Sports Car Club ClubSport season wrapped up almost two weeks ago with the Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Triathlon at Teretonga Park in Invercargill.

The event consisted of a single-car Standing Quarter Mile, a Grass Motorkhana and an Autocross event.

The event drew a variety of vehicles including a Ford GT40, an electric LVVTA, and a Mercedes convertible.

Duncan Cairncross, of Gore, won the Standing Quarter in the electric LVVTA with Liam MacDonald (Ford Escort) second and Julie Allan third in a Chev Camaro.

The Grass Motorkhana was won by Zac Murch in his Mazda AZ3, his first ClubSport victory, with Craig Allan in a Honda Accord second and newcomer Nate MacKay in a Volkswagen Golf third.

The day ended with the Sprint, won by MacDonald, now in his Nissan Pulsar, from Steve Watson (Toyota Starlet) and Barry Sommerville in another Pulsar.

Twelve-year-old Nicho Scoles, of Invercargill, impressed on debut in his father’s BMW 118, achieving a best result of 16th out of 24 competitors in the Grass Motorkhana despite having virtually no driving experience. Finn Reed (14) also excelled in a Ford Fairmont, demonstrating superb car control.

Craig Stephens and Melissa Dunstan travelled from Cromwell for the event, sharing a Mazda MX5 roadster.
ClubSport sponsor Evolution Motorsport donated prizes for the event including a Hard Luck Trophy which went to Darren Murch whose Honda CRX broke an axle on the day.

Outgoing ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell said the day attracted a group of enthusiastic people and he was very happy with the day.

‘‘It was my last event as ClubSport co-ordinator and it allowed me to go out on a high.’’

Twenty-four competitors tackled the Standing Quarter and the Motorkhana with 15 tackling the Autocross.

– Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer