It was a great weekend for Mainland Karting team mates Chris Cox and Louis Sharp at the final round of the WPKA Gold Star Series in Hawkes Bay at the weekend with both winning the round and the GP in their respective classes.

COXGOLDSTAR.jpgLooking for an opportunity to race in some larger Cadet Rok fields and ready to start travelling to different tracks Jason Sharp took the decision to commit to the series at the end of last year and has seen his seven year old sons’ driving go from strength to strength as the series has progressed.

The format of four predetermined heats and a final has given Sharp the opportunity to race against some of the best young drivers in the country and has certainly proved to be a positive learning experience for him.  Sharp managed to take out the series win and with it has earned entry to a premium Karting Australia event and will race with a NEW Tony Kart Australia race spec package.  At seven he is the youngest New Zealand driver, by some way to, win the prize and is very much looking forward to the challenge of racing overseas.

The Rotax Light field has been the largest at each round and after a shaky start to the series in Palmerston North at the end of last year with wrong tyre choices in continually changing conditions Cox has been playing ‘catch up’ to Brad Still from Taranaki for the remainder of the series and despite his performance at the weekend has had to settle for second place in the series behind Still.  However, not one to be disappointed, he too has enjoyed taking part in the series and has enjoyed the challenge of trying to get to grips with set up etc. on unfamiliar tracks with very little time to practice against drivers with lots of local knowledge.

Cox will be competing for the third successive week next week in Tokoroa for the third round of the Pro Kart Series. Having travelled to Invercargill where he successfully won the KZ2 class at the Spirit of a Nation Championships two weekends ago he is hoping to be on the pace up North.  The changing conditions in Invercargill meant some dry and wet racing and as this weekends’ forecast is looking similar he’s hoping lessons learnt down south will hold him in good stead with the formidable competition in the series this year.

Press release from Apex Promotions – 027 650 0444.
Photo courtesy of Stewart Sisters Racing.



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