Kart drivers Ollie Workman and Kevin Barker extend Mainland Series lead

Ollie Workman is the 2017 Southern Series champion.
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Ollie Workman is the 2017 Southern Series champion.

Six local drivers had to deal with tricky conditions when they made the long trip south last weekend to contest the 2017 Southern Series which was held in Invercargill and Dunedin.

The sun was out in Invercargill but the day started off with a wet track and rain fell all day in Dunedin to make racing even more interesting. The event was also rounds three and four of the Mainland Series.

Ollie Workman racing in the Cadet Rok class and Kevin Barker in Rotax Heavy both were leading the Mainland Series Championship going into round three and four after the Sunbelts Sprint Champs back in June.

Workman dominated the Cadet Rok class in the weekend and went onto win the Southern Series and extend his points lead. Southland driver Jacob Early was second with Oakley Muir from Dunedin rounded out the podium.

The two Nelson sisters Maia and Laylah Nicholson were also racing in the Cadet Rok class and came fourth and sixth respectively, which was a great effort considering both of them had never seen either track before.

In the Rotax Heavy class Kevin Barker also finished on the podium in third behind Dunedin's Arron Black and George Keast of Southland. Nelson's Daryl Wehner got caught up in a few on track incidents in Invercargill but still managed to finish in sixth.

In the Vortex Mini Rok class no one could match Canterbury's Liam Pink who took win. Marissa Ahlfeld of Dunedin was second and Southland's Alex Crosbie was third. Nelson's Louise Gridley made some great gains over the weekend and finished up seventh.

The final two rounds of the Mainland Series will be held in Canterbury at the Garden City Champs.

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