When you meet Louis Sharp for the first time you’ll probably notice his cheeky smile, infectious giggle and seemingly boundless energy, but spend a day at the kart track with him and you’ll soon discover there is far more to this talented youngster. louis sharp wpka.jpg

At seven he is one of New Zealand’s youngest karters and in the 18 months since his first drive at the KartSport Canterbury kart track under the guidance of Chris Cox from Mainland Karting the young man has shown talent and maturity beyond his years and a desire to compete and win rarely seen in such a young driver.  His natural enthusiasm and ability to turn his hand to most things adrenalin inducing holds him in good stead on the race track, he is also a keen Rugby and Cricket player and exceptional long distance runner and athlete.

Unlike a lot of the Cadet karters on the grid at this year’s National Championships last month, Louis does not come from a family who have had involvements with karting and racing.  Dad Jason, by his own admission, has been thrown completely out of his comfort zone by the discovery that his son has a talent and passion for racing.  It’s been a steep learning curve to try to keep up with familiarising himself with and understanding the sport, tackling the issues of setting up Louis kart and dealing with the nerves and excitement (his, not Louis’) on race days.  Despite this the Father/son team, supported by Mum Michelle and sister Isabella and the team at Mainland Karting are well and truly hooked on karting and helping Louis to compete and achieve the very best.

After a very creditable 4th place at his first National Championships at Easter, Louis returned to Christchurch and has been honing his skills in preparation for the final round of the WPKA Gold Star series next weekend in Hawkes Bay.  Currently lying in 1st place, Louis needs to finish 7th or better to secure himself the series win and more importantly qualify for a trip to Australia to compete.  Sponsored by Supreme Kart Supplies, Manawatu Toyota and W.P.K.A the W.P.K.A Goldstar Cadet Rok winner will receive entry to a premium Karting Australia event and will race with a NEW Tony Kart Australia race spec package.  Louis is used to being one of the youngest drivers on the track and has coped very well with the new experiences and challenges that have been thrown at him thick and fast particularly over the last 6 months since he has been travelling to the North Island to compete with the best in his age group in NZ.  There is no doubt that should next weekend prove successful for Louis, his first overseas competition will be his biggest challenge to date.

Louis’ journey so far will be featured on Seven Sharp during the week of 27th April with a follow up after the weekend.  To find out more about his racing and results take a look at his Face Book page, Louis Sharp Motorsport or contact Apex Promotions on 027 650 0444.


CAPTION: Louis racing in the Bayleys WPKA Goldstar Series. Credit Vicky Jack.

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