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With defending and now multi-time champion Ryan Urban leading the way KartSport New Zealand’s 2018 Superkart titles were run and won on Sunday – despite sometimes torrential rain which meant all but one of the races were run on a wet track.
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Urban, who this year has also raced his Superkart in Australia, was comfortably the fastest of the six International class entrants in qualifying (in the rain) in the morning, then won the three (of four) heat races he started before running away with the feature Grand Prix race in the afternoon. Not a bad tally considering the 36-year-old was driving a borrowed kart.

‘That’s right,” he said on Monday. I sold my latest Anderson FPE to Rhys McKay so I borrowed an older one (a 2010 FPE-engined Anderson) from the guy I work with, Tony Bowden’s Dad Steve.”

Though he was still the quickest driver in the International class, claiming his third NZ Superkart championship title in three years as well as again winning the meeting’s standalone Grand Prix race, Urban definitely did not have it all his own way.

Perennial rival Paul Dunlop was just 0.661 of a second slower in qualifying though struggled with a front brake issue18NZSuperkartchampsRotaxLight1stTonyKinsmanlr-1 (002).jpg through the day, and Urban failed to start the third heat thanks to a tuning issue.

“Because you got to drop your worst performance in the heats it didn’t matter in the end. Though I know that before the fourth heat I was thinking, ‘man, this thing better start!” he said.

He was not the only driver to strike trouble of one sort or another though – much of it water-related – throughout the day.

Superkart stalwart Andrew Hall had brake, clutch and ignition problems in the heats, though he reckoned that a storming18NZSuperkartchampsRotaxDD2GPwinnerBrentMurgatroydlr-1 (002).jpg second place in the Grand Prix race (despite a full 360 degree spin at one stage mid race) almost made up for the rest of his issues.

The other 2018 NZ Superkart titles contested on the day went to Nick Isaac from Taranaki (KZ2) and Aucklanders Matt Flaherty (Rotax DD2) and Tony Kinsman (Rotax Light). 

Isaac and Kinsman were also first home in their respective classes in the Grand Prix races with Brent Murgatroyd taking out the Rotax DD2.

For as long as anyone in the Superkart fraternity can remember the Pommie Trophy (so named because it was donated by a group of visiting Superkart drivers from the UK) has been awarded to the driver who has put on the best performance in the 250cc Superkart class. For the third year in a row the trophy went to Ryan Urban.

CAPTIONS: Showing how wet it was at the 2018 KartSport NZ Superkart Championship meeting at Hampton Downs on Sunday are overall winner Ryan Urban (#1 all black kart), Rotax Light class title winner Tony Kinsman (#1 orange/white graphics kart) and Rotax DD2 Grand Prix title winner Brent Murgatroyd (#14). Photo credit: Fast Company/Craig Dawson

KartSport NZ 2018 NZ Superkart Championships, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Hampton Downs Sat-Sun Nov 24-25 2018  RESULTS

1. Ryan Urban; 2. Teddy Bassick; 3. Steve Sharpe 

1. Nick Isaac; 2. Andrew Hunt; 3. Lawrence Wright

Rotax DD2
1. Matt Flaherty; 2. Mark Ongley; 3. Brent Murgatroyd 

Rotax Max Light
1. Tony Kinsman; 2. Jason Butterworth; 3. Lee Sefton

Open Grand Prix
1.  Ryan Urban 13:38.670 (1st International)
2. Andrew Hall +22.396
3. Steve Sharp +25.387
4.  Nick Isaac +1.07.602 (1st KZ2)

Rotax Grand Prix
1. Tony Kinsman  (1st Rotax Max Light)
2. Jason Butterworth +0.440
3. Brent Murgatroyd  +26.452 (1st Rotax DD2)

Pommie Trophy – Ryan Urban

 Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2018 KartSport NZ Superkart Championship meeting at Hampton Downs contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz




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