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Butchart wins back-to-back titles

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Richmond's Matt Butchart has defended his title after a dominant performance at the recent Kartsport New Zealand South Island championships in Christchurch.


Butchart was joined by his Kartsport Nelson clubmates Ollie Workman and Josh Bradley of Brightwater and Mapua's Bo Hill in Christchurch, with Butchart defending the Rotax Max Heavy title he won last year in Blenheim.


He qualified in pole position with a lap time well under the current class track record and won both heats comfortably in a dominant display.


The pre-final was a close race between him and Daniel Bugler from Blenheim with Butchart coming out on top. The 26-lap final was Butchart's from lap one and he led comfortably across the line from Bugler with Ben Carter of Dunedin in third.


Bradley and Hill competed in the Vortex Mini Rok class (9-13 years), Hill qualifying fourth and Bradley eighth. They both raced very well through the heats in a strong field comprising mainly Christchurch drivers, Hill finishing fourth and Bradley eighth.


Workman was contesting his first national event in the Vortex Cadet Rok class (6-11 years). He qualified in sixth position and improved with each race until a mechanical problem in the final saw him retire from the race early.


Kartsport Nelson club mates Butchart and Peter Fitzgibbon now share the distinction of both having held the South Island Rotax Max Heavy title twice each. Fitzgibbon won the inaugural event in 2002 and again in 2005 with Matt holding it consecutively in 2015 and 2016.


Article via The Nelson Mail