The sun shone over the Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway on Sunday as drivers took to the track in the annual Kartsport Southland Best Pairs Meeting.
Drivers who were entered on the day were randomly drawn and paired up with each other, and the total points for the day from each driver were added together to award the best pairing the title.
Kartsport Southland's Jamie Conroy was entered in two classes, senior Yamaha and open, so he also had two different team-mates.
It was Conroy's consistency in both classes that led to him dominating the podium even though the results were extremely close.
Conroy and fellow senior Yamaha competitor Ethan Anderson won the event from cadet driver Corbyn Shuttleworth, who was teamed with masters driver Nigel McAnelly.
Both teams finished equal on points at the end of five races.
However, after a countback of results, it was Conroy and Anderson who were awarded first, with the Shuttleworth/McAnelly pairing second and, remarkably, the pairing of Conroy and open driver Jason Johnstone placed third.
In class results, Tyson Bone, of Dunedin, had a clean sweep of wins in cadet, followed by a vastly improved Corbyn Shuttleworth in second and Josh Cooper third in a very impressive first outing.
The junior restricted class was won by Luca Burns in his first event in the class, Rebekah Michels was second and Zac Hamilton third.
The junior Yamaha class was one-way traffic for Jordon Michels. He won all five races from Blair Hall, of Dunedin, and Brock Wills once again showed that he is improving every race meeting, securing third overall.
In the open class Conroy was unstoppable, even though Johnstone upstaged him in the fourth race, giving him enough points to take second from George Keast.
The masters class was taken out by Nigel McAnelly, Jason Brown was second and Richard Wills third.
The senior Yamaha category led to some of the closest racing of the day, with Conroy winning every race from Anderson and an improving Scott Glen.
Kartsport Southland now take a break over Christmas and are back on track late January
- The Southland Times