IT has been a big couple of months for Invercargill karter Alex Crosbie.
Crosbie (12) competed in the New Zealand National Schools Kartsport Championship in Wellington recently before travelling to Australia for the City Of Melbourne Titles this month.
At the school nationals Alex competed in a field of 22 karters from throughout New Zealand, with a different format with drivers receiving a random grid draw for the first four heats. Alex was given 11th, 17th, 14th and fourth, making enough points in the four heats to start the final in fourth position.
After a good start he came home second, with nothing splitting the top two, which was enough to give him second overall.
It was then back to school for a week before competing in the 2019 City of Melbourne Titles. The entries were massive compared to New Zealand with 335 entries across 12 classes. (New Zealand’s top event this year had eight classes and 155 competitors).
Alex’s class had 26 karters, and he drove in a class higher than he normally would – using the same chassis but with a bigger engine and stickier tyres.
Practice day was like a race day, with the karters very competitive. Unlike in New Zealand they weren’t afraid to hit and force a competitor off the track, he said.
Alex took part in qualifying, two heats, pre-final and final. Competing against some of the top competitors in Australia was always going to be tough. Alex finished 11th.