New sponsor BNT didn't have to wait long to see a return on their recent investment in Caleb Cross - the fast-rising 13-year-old karter from Christchurch won his third KartSport New Zealand Island title in as many years at the North Island Sprint Championships in Wellington over Labour Weekend.13NthIslandsYamJunCalebCrosslr-1 (2).jpg


Automotive aftermarket specialist BNT Automotive is a major sponsor of motorsport in New Zealand and Cross joins the BNT V8 Super Tourer Series and several high profile racing drivers on the company's sponsorship roster.


As the reigning South Island, New Zealand and New Zealand Schools' champion in the Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha class and already a winner - at the annual Blossom meeting in the Hawke's Bay in September - in Junior 100cc Yamaha, Cross was expected to do well at this year's North Island title event.


But to win the 2013 North Island title at his first attempt?


"We always go out there to win," says his father Hamish, himself a multi-time kart and car champion, " but because it was Caleb's first major title meeting in Juniors we were realistic."


On a wet track and in trying conditions on the Friday Cross qualified third behind Caleb Huston from Rotorua and Jai Buckley from Christchurch then finished second to Buckley in the first heat later that day.


In the dry on Saturday and Sunday however, he was literally in a class of his own, setting the fastest race lap on his way to emphatic victories in the second heat, Pre-Final and Final.


Quite a performance, and all, according to the talented young driver, part of a carefully thought out plan.


"I didn't just want to win the races," he said. "I wanted to go as fast as I could and see how big a lead I could get every time I went out!"


With long-time family friend Graham Wehner, and Matthew Hamilton from Christchurch kart shop WKS Karting, Caleb's father, former New Zealand kart and car champion Hamish Cross, puts a lot of time and effort into preparing his karts.


But as he says, 'Caleb's the one behind the steering wheel.'


"You'd think I'd be used to it, but he is still constantly surprising us," says Hamish. "When we started it was 'one year to learn, the next to win,' but now it's like a couple of sessions at the track and he is absolutely on the pace."



Christchurch 13-year-old Caleb Cross (#66) on his way to winning the 100cc Junior Yamaha class at the North Island Sprint Championship meeting in Wellington last weekend. Photo credit: Fast Company/Jordan Moss.


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