New faces enjoy ClubSport champs

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Carter Dougherty in the Ford Ka during the motorkhana at round 4 of the Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship on Sunday. Photo: Ron Veint

INTEREST is growing in entry level motorsport in the south and it continued to show at round 4 of the 2020/2021 Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship at Teretonga Park on Sunday.

Four new faces contested the Motorkhana in the morning, including Carter Dougherty (15), who drove a Ford Ka available to competitors to drive.

Carter is a promising young talent in hockey and softball, representing Southland in both. He is a client of IHD Coaching, a company run by Tony Fryer who takes a holistic approach to nurture young talent for success.

Tony has volunteered to assist Southland Sports Car Club ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell to run ClubSport events this season and invited Carter to help set up and pack down the courses for Sunday’s event.

Tony mentioned to Carter’s dad, Larry, there was a car able to be hired to compete
in and, despite Carter never having driven a manual, he had a go. He acquitted himself well and intends to get his own car for the next round in January.

Andrew Lawrie took the Motorkhana honours for the third event in a row in his V6-powered Mitsubishi Mirage ahead of Craig Allan in a Honda Prelude and Liam MacDonald, the round 1 winner in his Nissan NX Coupe.

The same three drivers  were to the fore in the autocross later in the day, with MacDonald winning in a Nissan 180SX.

For information, phone ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell on 021 666 956 or email malcolm.mitchell67@gmail.com.

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