IAM MacDonald, of Invercargill, picked up where he left off at the end of last season when he won both the motorkhana and autocross events at the opening round of the Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship at Teretonga Park on Sunday.
MacDonald, won both disciplines at the final round of last year’s championship on his way to winning the 2020/2021 autocross title and finishing runner-up in the motorkhana championship.
On Sunday, at the wheel of his Nissan Pulsar, MacDonald took the motorkhana honours from Luke Shearing in a similar car with Josh Cooper third in his Toyota Corolla.
MacDonald picked up his second victory of the day in the autocross later in the afternoon, heading off Dunedin driver Aaron Carmichael in a Honda Integra with Roland Rarere, of Mataura, third in his Honda Civic.
ClubSport convener Malcolm Mitchell was pleased with the season opener.
“It was a really cold day and at one stage we even had a flurry of snow. We had 19 competitors in the motorkhana, with 27 in the autocross. The grass motorkhana on our new dedicated area was well received and the surface held up really well in wet conditions, which is great news for future events.
“We had an entrant from Dunedin and the van Asperen family – dad Mark with daughters Sarah and Jasmine – travelled down from Balclutha for the event.”
Greg Cooper caused some excitement in the autocross in the afternoon with a slow speed spin on the wet grass after crossing the finish line.
The next round of the championship will be held at Teretonga Park on Sunday, August 29.
For information on entry level ClubSport, phone Southland Sports Car Club ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell at 021 666 956.
- Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer