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Island KartSport title meetings at Rotorua and Dunedin over Labour Weekend have attracted numbers not seen since the early 2000s, with 182 entries received for the North Island meeting at Rotorua, and 96 for the South Island one at Dunedin.14RotaxMaxChallengeRnd3HamHeaviesZachZaloum-1.jpg


"These are numbers we haven't seen since the mid-2000s, so we're very encouraged," says KartSport New Zealand Development and Administration Manager Robert Hutton. "Like most sports which involve discretionary income we were hit hard by local knock-on from the Global Financial Crisis, so its' good to see the numbers finally coming back."


Changing demographic and consumer habits have also impacted the sport but the introduction of two new Junior classes - Cadet ROK and Vortex Mini ROK - based around a common engine have, says, Hutton, been well received.


"We reached a point where we had to upgrade and that need drove us to take a hard look at our offer to see how we could improve engine parity and make the transition between age group classes easier for the parents of our younger drivers.”14RotaxMaxChallengeRnd3HamLightsDanielKinsmanleadsAndyScholfieldandMitchellBeach-1.jpg


Twelve class titles will be contested at the North Island meeting, 11 at the South Island one, with each meeting running over three days from Friday to Sunday.


Several drivers are defending their 2013 Island titles at each meeting, including Mathew Kinsman from Auckland (125cc Rotax Max Light), Zach Zaloum from the Hawke's Bay (125cc Rotax Max Heavy) and Hamilton's Rhys Tinney (100cc Yamaha Light) at the North Island meeting and Chris Cox from Rangiora (125cc Rotax Max Light) and Josh King  from Dunedin (100cc Yamaha Heavy) at the South Island one.


Multi-time Australian champion David Sera, who won the 2012 New Zealand 125cc Rotax Max Light class title the last time he raced here, has also been invited back to contest the North Island event at Rotorua. 14ProKartSeriesR5HastingsKZ2ChrisCoxleads-1.jpg


Traditionally, most drivers stick to their 'Island of Origin' but there is no rule which states you have to so each year one or two karters swap Islands.


This year the obvious one is Callum Hedge from Mt Maunganui who is making the long trip south to contest the Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha and Vortex Mini ROK classes.


With its new three-day format at least three class titles will be decided each day.


On Friday the classes are Cadet Raket, Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha, 125cc Rotax Max Junior and KZ2. On Saturday it is Vortex Mini ROK, Junior 100cc Yamaha, and the two Senior Yamaha classes, 100cc Yamaha Light, and 100cc Yamaha Heavy. And on Sunday, it is Cadet ROK, and the two Senior Rotax Max classes, 125cc Rotax Max Light and 125cc Rotax Max Heavy. 14SchoolsCadetRaketJacobMitchell-1.jpg




Drivers to look out for at the North Island championship meeting include Zach Zaloum (#2) from Hastings in the 125cc  Rotax Max Heavy class and brothers Daniel (#31) and Mathew (#1) Kinsman from Auckland in 125cc Rotax Max Light. At the South Island title meeting, meanwhile, Chris Cox (#12) from Rangiora will contest three classes (KZ2, 125cc Rotax Max Light and 100cc Yamaha Light) while Jacob Mitchell from Christchurch will contest both the Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha and new Vortex Mini ROK classes. Photo credit: Fast Company/Graham Hughes


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2014 KartSport NZ North Island presented by BatteryZone and 2014 Keep It Clean South Island Sprint Kart Championship meetings contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at


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