MOTORSPORT racing driver Liam MacDonald was crowned club champion at the Southland Sports Car Club (SSCC) annual prizegiving at Teretonga Park on Monday night.
It was the fifth time MacDonald had won the champion’s trophy after winning it four times in succession before finishing runner-up last year.
This year, it capped off a superb season for the 20 year old in which he also won the Noel McIntyre Trophy for winning the club’s race championship, the Auto Centre Trophy in the 2501cc and over race class, and finished second in the Flying Farewell Championship. In clubsport, he won the Keith McFadzien Trophy for the motorkhana championship, finished second in the sprint championship and runner-up overall in the clubsport championship.
He was also recognised with an Outstanding Achievement Award after winning the NZ Touring Cars Class 2 Championship for the second year in succession.
Andrew Lawrie was the club championship runner-up.
Lawrie, a clubsport competitor, won the Warren Robbie Memorial Trophy for winning the clubsport championship and the SSCC Speed Trophy in the sprint championship and was runner-up in the motorkhana championship. Lawrie also won the Stresscrete 1601cc and over speed trophy.
Lawrie’s wife, Rachel, was also acknowledged with an Outstanding Achievement Award recognising her efforts in winning the women’s trophy at the New Zealand Clubsport Championships in Christchurch during the season. She also took the club’s women’s championship for the season.
Other class winners included club president Rachael Beck, of Invercargill, who won the Arrow International Trophy for the 1601-2500cc class, and Dayle Kirby, of Winton, who took the Nebulite Windows and Doors Trophy for the 1301-1600cc class as well as the Howard Kingsford-Smith Trophy for the most improved driver.
Todd Blackmun, of Invercargill, won the Turntru Machining Trophy for the -1300cc class for the fourth year in a row.
In the sports and racing car class, Gregory Scott, of Dunedin, won the Harold Williams Memorial Trophy for the overall championship and the Evolution Motorsport Trophy for the Flying Farewell Championship.
Others to receive awards on the night were Travis McPherson, who took the Discount Tyres -1600cc Speed Trophy, Joshua Cooper, who won the Ladies’ Committee Trophy for junior driver of the year, and Jeremy Dawson, who won the Erskine Flying Farewell Trophy.
Two volunteers who constantly go above and beyond were also acknowledged with awards. Greg McLeod was awarded the RB Munro Workers Award Trophy, and Bernard Matthews the Macks Panel and Paint Trophy for marshall of the year.
Life member Allan Batt is the latest to join the illustrious names on the Keith Douglas Memorial Distinguished Service Award Trophy. Batt, a member of the SSCC for more than 40 years, has served on every committee, was president for two years and was awarded life membership in 2002. He has fulfilled many other roles within the club and continues to do so.
– Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer