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Third South Island Title For Butchart


Nelson's Matt Butchart backed up last year's winning effort to claim his third straight South Island title when Kartsport Nelson hosted the 2017 Mike Pero South Island sprint championships over Labour Weekend.

Butchart was one of more than 70 competitors at The Hits Chocolate Velvet Kart Raceway and, competing in the Rotax Max Heavy class, was also one of five drivers to lower the lap record in the perfect racing conditions.

Butchart won his first title in Marlborough back in 2015 and backed it up last year in Canterbury. Club mate Kevin Barker claimed second place and made it a Nelson 1-2 finish.

Current 2nz Arron Black from Dunedin was hot on Barker's tail and finished close behind in third. Nelson's Bryce Borlase won the Rotax Masters title and finished 4th overall.

Butchart was also racing in the Open class with his twin engine kart although Canterbury's Chris Cox took out the class win and also broke his own lap record from last year. Nelson's David Pinkerton was second with Butchart rounding out the podium in third.

Canterbury's Caleb Cross was a class act when he took out two title wins over the weekend. Cross took the lead in the final of the Rotax Max Light class in an epic four-way battle with his clubmates Scott Manson, Jarred Cleghorn and Cox for the lead. Manson had the pace early in the day when he broke the lap record but fell back to third in the final with Cox finishing runner up to Cross.

Cross also won the Senior Yamaha class, with Cleghorn second and clubmate Jack Noble-Adams third.

Marlborough's William Exton also did the double in the Junior Yamaha and Junior Rotax class.

Exton dominated the Junior Yamaha class from Canterbury's Adam Godwin and Zac Christensen, but didn't have it quite so easy in the Junior Rotax class.

Like the Rotax Light field, there was another four-way battle for the lead but Exton managed to hold out the hard charge from the three Canterbury drivers Jacob Mitchell, Godwin and Christensen. The order changed in the dying laps with Christensen moving up to second and Mitchell third to round off the podium.

Young Louis Sharp from Canterbury and current Cadet Rok national champion racked up another title for his third straight South Island crown and broke the lap record four times over the weekend.

Nelson's Ollie Workman finished in second and Marlborough's Arthur Broughton rounded off the podium. Nelson's Lochiel McGregor crossed the line in second but received a penalty during the race which dropped him back to fifth.

The current 1nz, Jacob Douglas from Canterbury, has just recently returned from racing at the World Rok Cup and was the guy to beat in the Vortex Mini Rok class.

Douglas lowered the lap record but Nelson's Bo Hill was up for the challenge. However, some bad luck meant that Hill did finish the final race and Dunedin's Jaxon Harvey finished second with Canterbury's Chris White third. Nelson's Josh Bradley had a great drive in the final to finish fourth.

Article via The Nelson Mail