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Back to back Southern Series kart titles for Gridley


Nelson kart driver Brendon Gridley has defended his Rotax Heavy title after a successful campaign at last weekend's 2016 Southern Series.

Gridley was one of six Nelson drivers contesting the Southern Series in both Invercargill and Dunedin, with another three heading to the Blossom Championship in Hawkes Bay.

Gridley dominated both days, winning five of the nine races. Kevin Barker was also racing in the Rotax Heavy class but couldn't back up his podium result from last year, finishing fifth.

Josh Bradley, racing in the Vortex Mini Rok class, put up a great fight with some of the South Island's best young racers to finish seventh for the weekend. Louise Gridley fought hard and started to show some good pace towards the end of the weekend to finish 12th.

Ben Stilborn and Brodie Downing, both in the Rotax Light class, had to familiarise themselves with two new tracks in a very short period of time. They were up against a very strong field of drivers and both had mixed results across the weekend.

Stilborn was trying to deal with a misfire which was finally corrected late on day two and Downing's weekend ended with a crash on the second to last race which put him out for the rest of the day. Stilborn finished eighth overall and Downing 12th.

Matt Butchart was the best of the three drivers that headed to Hawkes Bay. Butchart was racing in the Open class and like Gridley, was attempting to defend his title from last year but fell just short to finish third overall.

Bo Hill had a full field of 24 young drivers in the Vortex Mini Rok class and battled his way into the top 10 after only just recently moving up into the class.

Ollie Workman has shown some great speed over the past few months in his first year of racing and he contested the Cadet Rok class. This was his second time at the Hawkes Bay track and finished 13th overall.

This weekend Kevin Barker is heading to Hamilton for the last two rounds of the Rotax Max Challenge. Barker is currently sitting fifth overall on points.