City driver wins by seven laps

Fresh from his spectacular debut in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship in Timaru a week ago, Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy returned to karting last weekend to record another impressive triumph.

Conroy teamed with fellow Invercargill driver Jordan Michels for the Kartsport Southland 2 Hour Senior Endurance Race at the Invercargill Oil Shop Kart Raceway, taking victory by the staggering margin of seven laps.

Racing a modified Rotax Max kart in the open class, the duo had too much pace for their rivals.

Michels, one of Conroy's driver coaching pupils who has progressed well under his tutelage, drove for the first hour before refuelling and handing over to Conroy who continued on in fine form to the chequered flag and another win.

Conroy set the fastest lap of the race near the end - a testament to his race fitness.

While he is contesting the National Formula Ford Championship this season, Conroy has a successful karting pedigree, including two South Island Championship titles and a National Schools karting title.

Conroy has a busy schedule ahead as he contests the next two rounds of the South Island Formula Ford Championship during the next two weekends, firstly at Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna, near Christchurch, and then at his home circuit of Teretonga Park, near Invercargill.

Early in the new year, he will be back in action at Teretonga Park as he contests the second round of the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship, which will be held during the weekend of January 11-12.

In his debut at Timaru, he managed a clean sweep to propel him into the championship lead after his first weekend of national championship racing.

The Southland Times