Taranaki’s Logan Boyde continues on his march towards back to back SuperKart Series titles in the Rotax Max Light class following what can only be described as a complete master class from the current 3NZ at the 4th round of the SuperKart Series held at Manfield on the 5th of June.16manfieldboyde3.jpg

Following a breakthrough season last year where he won the series in his first attempt, the quietly spoken mechanic has dealt to all comers again so far this season and has to be the firm favourite to claim the top spot come the final round later in the year with convincing displays at every round so far.  Last weekend saw him finish every race with a huge margin to the chasing pack.  So much was his dominance that his smallest winning margin was over 8 seconds with 3 races being around 15 seconds.  The chasing pack was led by Lee Sefton who had a fantastic day to deliver a 2nd placing for the round with Jodd Jolly managing to edge out Matt Wallace by a single point for 3rd.  In what has come to be expected in the SuperKart series, the pack racing has seen ultra tight finishes and massive competitor and spectator satisfaction as a result.  No-one can deny however that Boyde was in a class of his own once again. 

The Rotax Max Heavy class is one which has the potential to go down to the wire this year.  Thomas Batt had a breakthrough meeting at Manfield to grab a bunch of wins ahead of Teddy Bassick and also Mark Ongley who continues to look strong.   If my memory is correct, I believe this was Batts’ first round win if not race win which is a top effort.  So far there’s been 3 different round winners in the Heavy class so with 2 rounds remaining it’s hard to predict with any confidence how the placings will end up which is great for the series.   Batt will be hoping to continue notching up race wins when the series returns to Manfield in August.  The club saw 2 new faces join the class with Taranaki duo Stephen Beck and Duane Taylor making their SuperKarting debut.  Beck had some excellent results for his first time on a “real” circuit and we hope to see them both returning.  The round win went to Thomas Batt from Teddy Bassick and Mark Ongley rounding out the podium.

The National 125cc class was relatively well supported again and true to form, the racing was close and fast!  The class has16manfieldurbanleads.jpg it’s share of light and heavy competitors and although the light drivers do come out on top of the points it’s the close racing in amongst the heavier drivers which is great to watch and also be part of.   Cameron Dance and Daryl Currie shared race wins with Dance taking 3 to Curries’ 1.  It was a bit of a procession up front with not a lot happening until the battle for the 3rd spot on the podium which saw another epic day of racing from Matt Barton, Darren Maguire and the Isaac brothers Nick and Dan.  Dan managed to scrape home in races 1 and 2 from older brother Nick with Darren Maguire and the much improved Matt Barton very close behind and I mean close, the group separated by less than 0.3 seconds in both races.   Race 3 saw both Isaac brothers parked up with separate issues to leave Barton and Maguire to battle it out for the 3rd spot.  In the end, they couldn’t be separated and were tied on points.  The class continues to show it’s a great way to go road racing with times not all that far off the 250cc karts.

International class karts were down on numbers at Manfield.  Ryan Urban had a successful shakedown in his new International class package which looks and sounds great.  Urban and Andrew Hall both put on a good show for the spectators especially in race 4 with multiple lead changes and some high speed bravery.  They will both have one eye on the nationals in a few months so even though the lap times weren’t that sharp last weekend one would expect there’s plenty of room to move before then in the engine tuning department.   This years nationals will be spectacular with a number of drivers more than capable of winning on the day.  You’d be a brave man to bet the title doesn’t go to someone new this year with realistic challenges to come from Andrew Hall, Ryan Urban, Tony Gestro, Alex Geary, Paul Dunlop and Karl Wilson who all have top notch gear and are pretty handy pedlars.

Wayne Sproston, Tony Gestro and Chris Simmonds were the only entries in the 250cc single cylinder divisions with Mike16manfielsdd2murgatroydgeard.jpg Simmonds pulling out due to chassis problems on the practise day.  Gestro took out the National class from Chris Simmonds using a new engine that he’s got his hands on.  By all accounts it’s very fast so we’ll have to wait and see what his plans are come nationals time.  He’s the current title holder so it will be interesting to see which class he enters come nationals later this year.  Wayne Sproston had an engine issue which cut his day short and the class has been down on numbers recently but things might change at the next round with guys possibly giving the gear they want to run at the nationals a shake down before the big day.

The Rotax DD2 class was also down on numbers as is usual for Manfield.  Why don’t people want to travel?  Make a weekend of it!  Manfield always provides the closest racing of any track in the country.  For the sake of a few hours drive, it’s well worth the effort.  Brent Murgatroyd and Kevin Geard couldn’t be separated on the points table with 2 wins and 2 second placings each with amazingly close racing yet again.  Derek Tunnicliffe rounded out the podium.

The series takes a 2 month break over the heart of winter to resume again back at Manfield in August.  

CAPTIONS; Logan Boyde #3 leads the Rotax field. Ryan Urban #90 ahead of Andrew Hall. Brent Murgatroyd #14 and Kevin Geard battle in Rotax DD2. Photo credit Cathie Geard.


Report from Nick Isaac, KartSport SuperKart Drivers





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