A homebuilt, electric powered, vehicle created plenty of interest at Round 3 of the Southland Sports Car Club’s Evolution Motorsport Clubsport Championship at Teretonga Park on Sunday.
Duncan Cairncross of Gore entered the Autocross event in his LVVTA, a self built car powered by an electric forklift engine. The car is 100% electric and has an output equivalent to 500 horsepower. “Wicked” was the description of the car’s performance by Southland Sports Car Club co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell who took the wheel for a run in the car.
The LVVTA is the latest unique vehicle to feature at the club’s ClubSport events where a range of vehicles from family sedans, sports cars, utes, competition cars, electric vehicles and CrossKarts have all contested the various events in recent times. The club also has the Evolution Motorsport Nissan Sentra available for anyone who would like to have a go at a motorkhana.
It was Andrew Lawrie of Invercargill who took the honours on Sunday however, winning both the Motorkhana and the Autocross just as he had done at the second round of the championship last month.
In the morning he took his Mitsubishi Mirage, now powered by a V6 engine, to a win in the Motorkhana just pipping Craig Allan of Invercargill in a Honda Prelude with Jeremy Lennon in a Toyota Starlet third.
In the afternoon Lawrie used the Mirage to win the Autocross, this time from Liam MacDonald of Invercargill in his Nissan NX with Josh Cooper third in his Toyota.
Thirteen-year-old Euan Bergius was the youngest competitor in the Autocross. Bergius made his ClubSport debut in motorkhana at the beginning of last season as a twelve-year-old and contested his first Autocross on Sunday acquitting himself well in his Nissan Pulsar.
Lawrie leads the Motorkhana Championship after three rounds from Allan and Andrew Kennedy while Liam MacDonald heads the Autocross points from Lawrie and Stacy Lines.
The next round of the Evolution Motorsport ClubSport Championship takes place on Sunday 22 November. The club is always keen to hear from anyone who would either like to give ClubSport a go or even just come out to take a no obligation look at the sport to learn more about it.
Contact the ClubSport Co-ordinator, Malcolm Mitchell at 021 666 956 or [email protected] for more details.