KartSport Mt. Wellington hosted Round 1 of the annual 3-Way Series on 10 August on a clear but crisp Sunday in early August. The International Kart Supplies (IKS) sponsored event attracted 70 entries across seven classes to Right Karts Mathew Kinsman.jpgRaceway, including drivers from Taranaki, Hawke's Bay and Hamilton. The technical circuit was in great condition and is always a test for the competitors, with limited passing opportunities making for exciting racing. Three track records were set over the weekend.

Rotax Max Light was the largest class and Mathew Kinsman of IKS stamped his dominance on the 15-strong field by piloting his Sodi kart to three wins to lead Jonathan Buxeda and Keith Wilkinson easily on the score sheet by five points.

In doing so, Kinsman also lowered the existing track record for the reverse direction. Other competitors in the class included Mathew's uncle Tony Kinsman, and Shaun Reay from Hawke's Bay. Reay completed the weekend in 11th spot.

The racing was intense, with some serious action coming from two seasoned campaigners in the Open class. Snow Mooney and Peter Wrightson battled for supremacy all day, with Mooney the eventual meeting winner by only one point. In the last two races, track Peter Wrightson (L) and Snow Mooney (R).jpgannouncer Jamie McCarthy counted over 10 lead changes in each heat, with the majority of the crowd dropping their tools to hang over the fence and watch them slug it out.

Cadet Raket was represented by some excellent competition. The differential between winner Mitchell Frazer and second placed Asten Addy was only two points, with Frazer the slightly more consistent securing three wins and two second placings. Third spot was filled by Quade Krissansen, seven points off Addy.

Thomas Boniface had made the trek from Taranaki to compete in Cadet ROK and went home the winner after some torrid battles with hometown hero Billy Frazer.

Boniface managed to keep Frazer at bay by winning two heats and grabbing three seconds, giving him a one point buffer from Frazer.

Hamilton's Clay Osborne was snapping at the heels of the leaders all day with four thirds and a second place finish. Boniface had fastest laps in four of the five heats and established a new reverse track record in doing so, with Osborne fastest in H1.

Junior Restricted saw the Yamaha and Vortex Mini ROK classes combined, with the Yamaha entrants off the front of the field. Local Lee Zeltwanger dominated the class and picked up three wins and two seconds to lead Joshua Parkinson home easily by 10 points at the tape, with Ryan Crombie one point behind.

The Mini ROK field was very close all day, with eventual winner Brock Gilchrist heading off Fynn Osborne from Hamilton by four points and Sam Wright was third. Wright was unlucky to throw a chain in H3, costing him valuable points and second overall. Debutante Jack Procter seemed to have made a successful switch from Cadet, by almost winning H3.

Points countback was the only way to separate Daniel Talbot and Dylan Hallberg in the Formula Junior class. Tied on 54 points, TalbotDaniel Talbot.jpg was deemed the winner by securing one extra second place more than Hallberg. Talbot was in great form, breaking the existing lap record while being chased all day by Hallberg. Jarrod Impey was third and Connor Burson brought his kart home fourth.

The unrated Cadets turned on a great display and the youngest driver of the day, 6-yr-old Emerson Vincent secured a race win in his Cadet ROK Sodi kart. Sebastian Manson took the other races and overall honours. Emerson’s dad, Jody Vincent, said after the meeting “"I'm so proud of my little guy’s effort today, he’ll sleep really well tonight."

The Raket Unrated Cadets were lead home by Kaden Probst by one point from Corey Linn, with Heath McConnell third.

A number of prizes and giveaways were distributed by the class sponsors, including 5 x $200 IKS prize packs plus 3 x Motul packs. The next two rounds will be staged at Right Karts Raceway over the August 30 and 31 weekend, which will feature the 'Mighty Oval' in both directions.Emerson Vincent.jpg

The club would like to say a huge thanks to the series naming rights sponsor, International Kart Supplies for supporting the 2014 3-Way Series. Thank you also to The Mad Butcher, Lascom Motorsport, Right Karts, Power and Earth, Property Tutors, MG Tyres, N-ZED Motorsport, Motul Oil New Zealand, Total Access, Monster Energy, Point 2 Point, Lynmac Meats and Another Orange Service Centre. Entries are still being taken for the last two rounds, go online and check it out.


Mathew Kinsman, #1 leads the field in Rotax Max Light
Peter Wrightson and Snow Mooney slugged it out all day to the delight of the crowd
Daniel Talbot, #7 was quick all weekend and secured the round win in Formula Junior
Emerson Vincent, #6, driving his Sodi kart to victory in Unrated Cadets


Photo credits to Peter Rogers-Jenkins

KartSport New Zealand