07/01/2014

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Dyson Freeman

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When it comes to commitment to motorsport you don't have to look any further than 23 year old Dyson Freeman, the Otago born Blenheim based tyre fleet serviceman is embarking on his first season of competition in the South Island Formula Ford Series, but has a humble history spanning back 17 years, when Freeman's father Warrick first got him into karting.

Freeman's karting career wasn't always plain sailing, he suffered his fair share of ups and downs throughout the years one of those lows being a massive roll over at a meeting in Invercargill in 2006 but this didn't deter Freeman at all, as he returned to the same track the following year to claim the South Island title despite a back injury he recieved in an accident at that same event, Freeman then repeated the dose on his home track in Mosgiel in 2012, these were just two of the many karting titles Freeman has claimed over the years.

Freeman had always wanted to make the step up to open wheelers, even sacrificing what most young guys would never do, he decided to go to the Canterbury racing school rather than have a party to celebrate turning 21, once again displaying his commitment to motorsport, it's this sort of commitment that paid off last year when GT Radials and Tyre General Dunedin gave Freeman the oppourtunity to run at The Lady Wigram meeting in Christchurch in a Formula Ford. Freeman only took a couple of races to find his rhythm and come the final he was the fastest non winged Formula Ford on track.

Freeman's result was enough to attract a personal sponsor who bought the car outright to compete in the South Island Series, round one at Timaru resulted in a solid 2nd overall in the Pre 93 class, Freeman was still getting use to the car and tracks he hasn't raced on before. Round two at Ruapuna saw Freeman climb to first equal along side Southland's Stephen Heffernan but it was unfortunatley short lived as he missed round 3 in Teretonga because as with all forms of motorsport, the mighty dollar only stretches so far, so Freeman had to sacrifice this meeting and the championship lead, dropping to third overall.

Freeman's sights are now firmly set on upcoming races at Teretonga, Timaru, Ruapuna and securing enough points to take the lead back and the championship in his debut season in the Pre 93 class, should Freeman be succesful he will endevour to take on the full National Formula Ford series next season.

Freeman's commitment to motorsport couldn't be made possible without the support of his loyal sponsors GT Radial, General Tyres and B&W Fibrous Plasterers.

Daryl Shuttleworth
TSR Kart Supplies / ORG Racewear03 2170 728
0274 892892
Email - shuttsynz@xtra.co.nz
www.teamshuttleworthracing.co.nz