Freeman pipped at the post in F1600

Freeman pipped at the post in F1600

Dunedin’s Cameron Freeman has finished the 2019/20 South Island Formula 1600 Championship as the runner-up, in what was only his second full season in the series.

He ended up trailing Canterbury University student Jack Noble-Adams by 52 points when the seven-round series wrapped up last weekend at the Timaru International Raceway. Freeman had pursued Noble-Adams all the way through the series and stood on the podium in 10 out of the 21 races.

‘‘I was pretty happy with second, but it would’ve been nice to win. I’ll have to try again next season,’’ Freeman said.

The championship had its share of ups and downs, as he took the lead after the fourth round in December, only to relinquish it at the penultimate round at Invercargill’s Teretonga Park in January after Freeman damaged his 1992 Van Diemen RF92 single-seater in the first race and finished 19th, before bouncing back to 6th in the second race. In the final outing, his gearbox broke resulting in a DNF.

His 3-3-2 finishes last weekend were not enough to bridge the points gap to Noble-Adams, who won two races and finished second in the second race.

- Catherine Pattison