Collision costly for Dunedin racers

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A track collision cost two Dunedin youngsters the chance of podium finishes at last weekend’s Kartsport National Schools Championships in Blenheim.

Kart Sport Dunedin club committee member Daniel Harvey said James Black and Jaxon Harvey (both 10) were in favourable positions before the accident happened.

“James was sitting third and Jaxon was sitting fourth and second and third place sort of touched each other and it spun James round and then Jaxon ended up going over the top of James.”

Mr Harvey, Jaxon’s father, said the youngsters were “gutted” to miss out on a podium finish “but that’s racing”.

Jaxon finished in fifth place and James in seventh in the 12-strong Cadet RoK class.

The event doubled as the final round of the NZ RoK Cup series and Jaxon secured second place overall behind Christchurch driver Louis Sharp.

Two other Dunedin drivers, Kohen Muir-Thompson (14) and Marissa Ahlfeld (12) found themselves up against it in difficult competitions.

Kohen placed 13th out of 17 in the Rotax Max Junior Class for drivers aged 12-17 and Marissa came in 21st out of 25 drivers in the Vortex Mini RoK.

Mr Harvey said Kohen, competing in his first national school championships, had done well to achieve his final placing.

The fields were large and there was a lot of “argy-bargy” in the Rotax Max Junior class, Mr Harvey said.

The next major competition for Dunedin kart racers will be the Southern Series to take place on the weekend of Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 where drivers from around the South Island would compete.

Racing would take place in Dunedin on the Saturday and in Invercargill on the Sunday.