Huge entry for grass autocross

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Grass autocross overall winner Roger Laird, of Gore, in a Subaru Impreza. Photo: Ron Veint

A FANTASTIC entry of 57 competitors contested a grass autocross event organised by the Southland Sports Car Club at the property of Nigel King at Rakahouka, near Invercargill, on Sunday.

While it was a non-championship clubsport event, it was closely contested with Roger Laird, of Gore, taking the overall honours with a best time of 84.27 seconds, just heading off Invercargill driver Andrew Lawrie with Malcolm Mitchell third.

In the women’s section, Jo O’Brien took victory from Brianna Vincent and Aimee Morrison in 86.13.

Laird also headed the men’s over-1600cc class from Lawrie and Scott Welsh, while Mitchell took the men’s under-1600cc class from David Wild and property owner Nigel King.

O’Brien took the women’s under-1600cc class from Morrison and Abby Ward, while Vincent won the women’s over-1600cc class from Loren McKay and Tina Scott.

The Southland Sports Car Club will hold round 5 of the Evolution Motorsport Clubsport Championship with a twilight Motorkhana at Teretonga Park on Thursday, January 30, followed by an autocross at Teretonga on Sunday, February 2. Sports Car Club publicity officer

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