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Vinzent finishes at the front of all-classes field

KARTING by Rockin' Robin

NINE-year-old Vinzent MacGregor raised a few eyebrows at Eastland Kart Club's meeting on Sunday.

He had already had two wins and a third in the young guns class when he lined up in his stationary-engine kart for the mixed race the club has taken to holding — for bragging rights — at the end of its meetings.

It was over 10 laps, and Vinzent was up against some experienced drivers in the all-ages, all-classes field.

Starting off the front of the grid, Vinzent — the youngest driver in the race — showed class way beyond his years to pull away, then hold off the other drivers to take the win.

Vinzent's father is speedway and motorcycle beach racer Dylan MacGregor, so motorsport is in the blood.

Spring Thomson, in a KT, was second, Roger Moss, in a Rotax, was third and Nathan Williams, in a KT, was fourth.

It was the kart club's fifth points meeting of the season.

In the young guns class, apart from Vinzent, Brodie Gooch had a win and a second placing. Others to place were Hamish Worsnop and Callum Kemp, who both had a second and a third placing. Ella Nicholson also went well.

In the rookies, Nixon Gooch drove on the track for the first time and did well.

Tess Kemp won the women's class with three wins.

In the pro class, Nick Rogers had a win, a second and a third. He had a great battle with his son Joel, who had two seconds and a third. Cole Rosie also had a win.

Daniel Tamanui had two wins and a third placing in the KT juniors. Joel Rogers picked up a win, a second and a third, while Greison Wells had two seconds and a third in this class.

Some fast racing was on show in the Rotax class. Shanan Gooch had two wins, while Roger Moss had his best performance in this class — a win and two seconds.

Ashley McMillan had two third placings and Barry Irvine, a second and a third.

In the KT class, Alex Rosie, Nathan Williams and Conor White had wins.

Spring Thomson had two seconds and a fourth, David Tamanui, a second and a third, Conor White, a third, and Nathan Williams, a third.

The next meeting is on March 8. The track is in Aerodrome Road, and admission for spectators is free of charge.

LAP OF HONOUR: Vinzent MacGregor, 9, holds aloft the chequered flag after winning the mixed race at the end of Eastland Kart Club's meeting on Sunday. Vinzent was the youngest driver in the all-ages, all-classes field. Picture supplied