New team cleans up enduro

It has been 21 years since Kartsport Southland driver Stephen Monaghan has claimed an enduro title in karting, but it was worth the wait as he teamed up with 15-year-old Braydon Shuttleworth to claim the Yamaha KT100 class at the two-hour enduro at Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway on Saturday evening.

The pairing managed 192 laps in the two-hour period, 7 laps clear of their nearest competition. It was Shuttleworth's first senior race after moving up from the junior ranks. The pair also claimed second overall in the two-hour open enduro.

Riverton siblings Ethan and Travis Anderson secured second in the Yamaha class and Isaiah and Jeremiah Smith, who won the event last year, claimed third.

In the open two-hour enduro the Dunedin team of Kerry Bowen, Richard Bethune and Tony Duthie dominated in their Rotax DD2 kart claiming top spot from the Shuttleworth/Monaghan combination second and Anderson brothers third overall. The Bowen/Bethune/Duthie combination managed 199 laps in the two-hour period.

In the support classes Jordan Michels won the junior Yamaha 30-minute enduro from Brock Wills. Larni Farquharson dominated the junior restricted race after mechanical issues hindered Rebekah Michels' race, eventually winning the race by a massive 17 laps.

In the cadet class Reuben Adams of Christchurch was unstoppable taking a two-lap victory from Dunedin's Josh Bethune and Corey Smith from Southland in third.

The Southland Times