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Stilborn ends season on winning note


Kartsport Nelson's Ben Stilborn has ended an already successful year of competition with another club championship win.

Racing the Rotax light class, Stilborn has backed up the Signshop Nelson annual club points championship, which was run over five rounds throughout the year, with a season-ending title success at the Stump Grinding Services club championships which were held at The Hits Mike Pero Kart Raceway over the weekend.

Stilborn, who has just completed his final year at school, has worked nearly every weekend and all of the school holidays at Pro Karts just to be able to race. All the hard work has now paid off after walking away from the 2016 season with both championship wins.

Stilborn won three of the five heats in the weekend to take the overall win from Brandon Dave and Grant Kugener.

Racing is in the Stilborn family blood and Ben's father, Nick, also won both titles this year in the new Briggs heavy class.

Racing across all classes was tough throughout the day, resulting in some great racing and several on-track spin ups.

The Briggs light class had most of the action with karts facing all kinds of directions throughout the day. Tony Dyer managed to take the win from David Pinkerton with Andrew Stratford rounding out the podium.

Two-time South Island champ Matt Butchart won the Rotax Max heavy class from Duncan Barrett who put a hard charge throughout the day only to miss out by one point. Kevin Barker, who dominated the club points championship, took third place at the weekend. Mike Arnold took out the overall Open class win.

Louise Gridley, racing in the Vortex Mini Rok class, began the day strongly with two wins but Josh Bradley of Brightwater came back to win the final three heats and take the overall win for the fourth straight year.

Pip Coakley showed the boys how it was done in the Junior Rotax class, winning all five heats with Kayden Richards second and Charlie Benson rounding out the podium.

The two newest drivers on the block, Bentley Kemp and Maia Nicholson, battled it out in the Cadet Rok class with them both taking their first ever race win on the day, Kemp taking the overall win.

Two of the club's emerging drivers were contesting round one of the TRC Toyota WPKA Goldstar series in Taranaki on the same day. Bo Hill was racing in a strong field with 20 of the best kids in the country and finished seventh overall in the Vortex Mini Rok class.

Ollie Workman was sixth in the Cadet Rok class.


Article via The Nelson Mail