Young driver wins NI kart sprint champs

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SPORT -

Young Levin kart racer Lo­gan Ma­son is go­ing from strength to strength, hav­ing taken out the top spot at last week­end’s Stewart’s Mitre 10 Mega North Is­land sprint cham­pi­onship.

Lo­gan, 12, upped the ante and won the Vor­tex Mini Rok class at the event, hav­ing qual­i­fied sec­ond to get in.

He led ev­ery lap of his race in a dom­i­nant dis­play at Kart­sport Manawatu¯ , a great way to fin­ish his time in the class, as he pre­pares to step up to the more pow­er­ful Ro­tax Max Ju­nior cat­e­gory.

Lo­gan beat the cur­rent Na­tional Schools cham­pion and New Zealand num­ber three in the big­gest field at the cham­pi­onships.

He won the fi­nal by al­most five sec­onds in a thrilling out­come for his fam­ily and sup­port­ers.

Last year, the young racer com­peted in the Rok Cup In­ter­na­tional Fi­nal in Italy, plac­ing eighth in the B fi­nal, the high­est plac­ing by a New Zealan­der at the event. He had re­cently moved up a class in New Zealand, driv­ing a big­ger go-kart and rac­ing against more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nents in a huge field that in­cluded sons of sev­eral for­mer For­mula One driv­ers. Lo­gan said his suc­cess, in­clud­ing last week­end’s event, was helped by the sup­port of his fam­ily.

“I’d like to thank my Grandy and Norna, Shane and Ryan Wood and Dane Harte Race En­gines,” he said.

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Lo­gan Ma­son com­pet­ing in the Stewart’s Mitre 10 Mega North Is­land sprint cham­pi­onship last week­end.

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