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St Andrews College Is Top Kartsport School For A Second Year

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St Andrews College Is Top Kartsport School For A Second Year

Christchurch's St Andrew College is the country's top KartSport school for a second year in a row thanks to senior students Chris Cox and Andrew Errington successfully defending their 2008 KartSport New Zealand National School's title at the Fair Dinkum Homes & Sheds-backed 2009 meeting in the Hawke's Bay over the weekend.

Despite stiff opposition from St Kentigern College's Jake Pascoe, Cox and Errington made the 125cc Rotax Max Light class their own, Cox winning two of the four heats and the final to win the individual class title and Errington finishing third overall behind Cox and Pascoe with a second and two thirds in the heats and another second in the final.

To make his weekend complete Cox, New Zealand Sprint champion in the Junior 100cc Yamaha class in 2008, also finished second in the Senior 100cc Yamaha Light class.

In its seventh year this year the 2009 Schools' Championship event, run in association with the Hawke's Bay Karting Club and Hawke's Bay's St John's College, attracted 139 entries from as far south as Dunedin and as far north as Whangarei to the Hawke's Bay where racing was held in cool dry conditions on Saturday and cold, wet conditions on Sunday.

Though the national Secondary Schools title stayed in the South Island for a second year the Primary and Intermediate Schools one came north. Last year, in Dunedin, it was won by locals Liam Young and Cassidy Mowat for Dunedin's Waikari Primary and Kaikorai Valley College.

This year it went to Cadet class winner Dylan Drysdale and schoolmate Jacob Cranston (who finished fifth in Cadet) representing Palmerston North's Newbury Primary school. Despite the straitened economic times this year's National Schools' championship meeting attracted record numbers - including a grid-stretching 47 in the Junior Yamaha class.

That number required eight heats and A and B finals before a winner - Rangiora High's James Penrose - could be found. Locally the big news was in the Junior classes, with runner-up positions in Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha for Maddison Wise, and Cadet for Karl McNichol.

A special feature of the annual National Schools Championship is the main prize, the Bruce McLaren KartSport Award presented by Formula Challenge. This year the award - and with it a drive in a Formula Challenge racing car at the Taupo Motorsport Park - goes to Chris Cox and Andrew Errington for a second year running.

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