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Black the big mover in the deep south

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Dunedin karter Arron Black was the big mover at the annual two-day/two-track Southern Series in Invercargill and Dunedin over the weekend.

This year each day of the two-day Southern Series counted as a round of the Properly Plastered-backed 2018 Mainland Series. And, as well as taking out the 2018 Southern Series’ title in the Rotax Max Heavy class, Black also leap-frogged Nelson pair Kevin Barker and Duncan Barrett to take the lead in the Properly Plastered-sponsored Mainland Series’ Rotax Max Heavy class points standings.

It was an impressive performance by the southern man, who as well as winning every race he started over the weekend, set the fastest race lap in each one…yet still found the time to keep an eye on son James who ended up taking out the 2018 Southern Series’ Vortex Mini ROK class title as well as close the points gap on class leader Louis Sharp in the Mainland Series standings.

Cool, crisp but mostly fine weather greeted karters from all over the South Island to the KartSport Southland club’s Invercargill Oil Shop Raceway on Saturday and KartSport Dunedin’s Silverstream Raceway on Sunday for the popular annual Southern Series event.

Other Southern Series winners over the two-day/two-track meeting were Nelson’s Lochy McGregor in Cadet ROK, Picton’s William Exton in Rotax Max Junior, Chris Cox from Rangiora in Rotax Max Light and Nelson pair Tony Dyer and Jason Richards in Briggs LO206 Light and Heavy respectively.

In a close and competitive Cadet ROK class, Blenheim’s Arthur Broughan ended up second in both the Southern and Mainland Series points standings to Lochy McGregor, after finishing second on the first day at Invercargill but pipping McGregor by a point for class round victory on the second day in Dunedin.

Christchurch driver Louis Sharp, meanwhile, held on to his Mainland Series points lead in the Vortex Mini ROK class despite finished fourth overall on the first day, second on the second, and fifth overall in the Southern Series’ class point standings behind James Black, Johan Roberts, Alex Crosbie and Blake Knowles.

William Exton was another to retain his Mainland Series class lead (in Rotax Max Junior) but young Christchurch driver Jacob Douglas made up to two places in the Mainland Series points standings (from fifth to third) with a fourth place in Invercargill then third at Dunedin for third overall in the Southern Series class reckoning behind Exton and Christchurch driver Adam Godwin, and third in the Mainland points chase behind Exton and another fast-rising Christchurch junior, Zac Christensen.

The 2018 Properly Plastered Mainland Series concludes with a final two-day round being hosted by Christchurch club KartSport Canterbury at its annual Garden City Championships meeting in Christchurch over the September 29/30 weekend.

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