SOUTHLAND kart racers had mixed fortunes at the 2017 South Island kart championships in Nelson.
The championships began with a practice day, followed by eight classes of racing – four junior and four senior classes on the the demanding and technical Kartsport Nelson track.
“In the title-deciding finals for each class, some karts suffered mechanical issues while some got tangled in other competitors’ misfortunes early on in the race, hindering any chance of a result in their respective classes,” Kartsport Southland club member Glenn Earley said.
The standout Southland driver was Logan Thompson, who finished fifth overall in the highly competitive Junior Rotax class.
Alex Crosbie was ninth in the Vortex Mini Rok class and Jacob Earley was seventh in the Cadet Rok class.
“Overall it was a great weekend. While not everything went to plan for all, everyone enjoyed the weekend’s racing,” Earley said.
“Next year the South Island kart champs are to be held in Invercargill over Labour Weekend, so everyone is looking forward to that event, racing on their home track.”
The next club day is the Kartsport Southland Enduro event, to be held on Saturday at Pit Rd, Otatara.
Racing starts at 2.15pm and spectator entry is free.