Watson takes King’s Grass Autocross title

The victorious St John team after the emergency services challenge at the King's Grass Autocross on Sunday. Photo: Malcolm Mitchell

OVERALL honours went to driver Steven Watson, of Invercargill, at the Southland Sports Car Club King’s Grass Autocross held at the King family farm, Rakahouka, near Invercargill on Sunday.

Watson recorded a time of 90.06 seconds in his Toyota Starlet GT to head off Eastern Southland Car Club competitor Lucy Noble in a Toyota Corolla whose best was a 93.46. Cole McKinnon was third in a Toyota Corolla FXGT with 93.73 followed by Southland Sports Car Club president Ian Richardson, who placed fourth in his Nissan Pulsar just .04 of a second behind McKinnon.

Extra interest was added to the event with an emergency services challenge with teams from Fire and Emergency New Zealand and St John Ambulance teams duking it out in the Evolution Motorsport Nissan Sentra.

The ambos took bragging rights by the smallest of margins.

Several younger competitors were among the entries with Daniel and Alana Breen, who had virtually no experience in a manual car, also using the Evolution Motorsport Nissan Sentra, and doing very well.

The club will hold the final round of the 2020/2021 Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship at Teretonga Park on Sunday, March 7, and all are welcome. The Evolution Motorsport Nissan Sentra will again be available for a $20 hire fee and anyone interested in ClubSport is welcome to come along for a look. Admission is free.

  • For information on ClubSport or the use of the Evolution Motorsport Nissan Sentra, phone the Southland Sports Car Club ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell at 021 666 956.