Racing towards Christmas . . . Oakley Muir (8), of Dunedin, in the pits at the Christmas meeting at Silverstream Raceway at North Taieri. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Kart racers travelled from throughout the lower South Island to battle it out at the last meeting in Dunedin this year.

KartSport Dunedin life member Daniel Harvey said 35 drivers competed in seven classes at Silverstream Raceway at North Taieri on December 10.

“It was our biggest Christmas meeting in years . . . it was a good day.”

The competitors were aged between 6 and 64 and travelled from Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown to compete.

At the meeting, drivers vied for the Thomson Memorial Trophy.

The class with the most entrants got the chance to win the trophy, he said,

The Rotax max heavy class had the most competitors and its 10 drivers hit high speeds as their karts roared around the raceway in Milners Rd.

Arron Black, of Wingatui, won the trophy and Mark Ahlfeld, of Mosgiel, came second.

The trophy was first awarded in 1978, a year after Mosgiel brothers Bernard and Rob Thomson died in a car accident when returning to Dunedin from a race meeting in Invercargill.

Members of the Thomson family were at the meeting to present the trophy.