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National President Graeme Moore Reflects 

on 2018 & Looks Forward to 2019

As Karters around the country look forward to another exciting year of Club and top-level racing here in New Zealand and around the globe let us take a few moments to reflect on 2018 and look forward to what 2019 holds.

One thing that must be tabled first is a massive thanks to all the Club volunteers, our Race Officials, Tech Officers,Russell (002).jpg administration and event support teams, our management, Executive and generous promotional partners for all the time money and effort they invest to allow us enjoy racing at whatever level we choose to compete. To see more new faces joining the dedicated ranks of Race Officials and Technical Officers stepping up under the training and mentoring from the likes of RO Training Co-Ordinator Sue Sanders is great to see. Fabulous story of those journeys was published recently: Nelson’s Russell Miller Grade 2 RO.

To the race teams, the mums, dad’s, families and friends who give up so much and to you the competitors who continue to delight and reward us with your skill, your determination and your displays of outstanding driving at all levels, we thank you all and wish you the very best for 2019 and beyond.


Reflecting on 2018:

KartSport Rotorua hosted its first ever Giltrap Group National Sprint Championships at CenturyRoto gantry camera 2.JPGRoto screen 4 up.JPG Batteries International Raceway at Easter. A great spectator crowd on Finals Sunday was entertained with fantastic racing, especially the Vortex Mini ROK final, all live streamed with the assistance of Carters Tyre Service. This event also featured the introduction of our new (portable) judicial cameras which are now being used to assist our Officials adjudicate the start procedures. The start gantry design was funded by KartSport New Zealand and the design specs are now available to all Clubs. A big thank you to Brian Williams and all those at the Club and in administration who worked so hard on what is another step up in terms of event excellence now being rolled out at tracks around the country.

KartSport New Zealand completed its class and engine revamp with the introduction of the Vortex ROK DVS engine for18H-DTopHalfRnd2AuckVorJnrDVSLeoScott47-1 (002).jpg Junior and Senior age groups, delivering on of the last key objectives in our Vision 2020 commenced in 2015. The ROK DVS, with a contracted 10 years minimum performance homologation and specification lock down and excellent parity, means parents and competitors can invest with confidence in a direct drive engine designed to complement the existing current Rotax TaG offerings. A further four ROK Cup International Finals seats is an additional bonus.

The announcement of the introduction of the international specification 950mm chassis for Cadet and VMR classes for 2020 means competitors will potentially be able move from Cadet to Seniors with just one chassis and one engine change. This addresses both a cost and complexity challenge we so often face and at the same time delivers an internationally recognized product whilst retaining the existing offerings for club level racing into the future. 

Our long standing relationship with the Giltrap Group stepped up a few gears with the addition of two brightly signute at ebop parade.jpg written Holden Colorado utes (fitted with Dunlop tyres by Carters Tyre Service of course!) to our fleet. This coincided with the appointment of Warrick Parkes as our full time Competitions Manager. Both these vehicles are now clocking up the kms supporting Officials and Clubs at events, with greatly enhanced training and support, saving valuable funds for KartSport New Zealand and at the same time presenting a live example of the Giltrap Group’s increasing commitment to support not just the international race stars we produce for the world stage, but also the grass roots operation of our sport.

The Briggs LO206 class has been instrumental in reviving club class karting at a number of Clubs that have embraced this18KiwiBriggsteamatIndyovaldriveFridaylr-1 (002).jpg concept. For example KartSport Wellington is now our biggest Competition Licences Club (up 38% year on year) and KartSport Marlborough has more than doubled competition membership over the last 12 months to reach its highest number since 1993 with growth almost entirely on the back of the LO206. 6 Kiwi Briggs Racers also went international, competing at Indianapolis, USA in the 2018 Battle at the Brickyard.

A huge number of drivers seeking to build on their skills developed in New Zealand spread their Kiwi wings and ventured off shore in 2018. Too many to mention here and far from bemoaning your departures we salute and celebrate all your achievements. Let us not forget this never ending upward trajectory for up and coming champions opens the door for the next wave Kiwi legends!

We must pay tribute to Daniel Bray who again gave European karters a reminder of kiwi talent with an excellent 2nd place18CIKFIAKZ2SuperCupDanielBray111podium-1 (002).jpg at the CIK-FIA KZ2 World Cup. Joshua Hart and Ryan Wood gave it to the Aussies in their Rotax competitions, both securing “Australian seats” to the Rotax Grand Finals in Brazil where all nine kiwis made it through to the finals for the first time ever. Best result was Fraser Hart, 2nd in DD2 Masters. Jacob Douglas was the best of the four kiwis at the 2018 ROK Cup International Finals at Lonato, Italy in October.

The Scott McLaughlin Grand Prix was a major project in the second half of the year, and all the extra effort paid dividends. The event was considered a huge success on all accounts including a greatly enhanced media profile for the sport, funds for the KartSport Academy and a number of promotional partnership doors opened that KartSport New Zealand is pursuing for 2019. Our Patron Scott McLaughlin and the sporting celebrity “captains” gave freely of their time and our young Kiwi Rokkers enjoyed a unique experience. Big thanks to Giltrap Group, Downforce NZ, Hampton Downs, N-Zed Motorsport and SidebySide Partnerships for helping making this what we hope will be a bi-annual event. 

Looking Forward to 2019

The KartSport SuperKart Drivers are first up with round one of the Hansen Products Tri 500 Club Championships at Bruce McLaren Park, Taupo on 5/6 January.

The CIK Trophy of NZ is back at KartSport Hamilton with the support of the Porter Group and kick starts the 2019 ROKPortergroup Park Logo.jpg Cup Series. Lots of international seats up for grabs, plus travel funds, to the 2019 ROK Cup International Finals. KartSport Hamilton are also busy preparing for the Porter Group 2019 National Sprint Championships at Easter. Both events will be welcoming a returnee to karting, Chris van der Drift who is not only back in the seat between his international motorsport commitments and new Drift Brothers car business but will shortly add a kart shop to the mix and the importation of Gillard and Falcon kart chassis and equipment. 

A week later the Butch Petfoods 2019 City of Sails gets KartSport Auckland’s 2019 race program underway

An enhanced ProKart Series, now including four KZ classes, Rotax DD2 classes and a full range of Junior and Senior Rotax Max and Vortex ROK DVS classes, kicks off at KartSport Manawatu in mid February.

The full 2019 Event Calendar is HERE.

Academy Director and Head Coach, Niki Urwin is working on adding to the Academy Coaching team, especially to enhancenu on stage.jpg regional coverage. Plus look out for notice of something special involving our Patron Scott McLaughlin later in the year.

Behind the scenes KartSport New Zealand has a major project, led by Executive Member Dee Workman, underway to put in place a new Members Database with greatly enhanced features including paperless Licences, paperless Officials’ reporting, easier Licence renewal and event entries, and online Permit management, all integrated with our accounting system so as to provide administrative efficiencies. 

Our new Competitions Manager Warrick Parkes has spent the year reviewing and bolstering the Race Official and Technical Officer offerings and is now poised and seeking to fill both the Chief Steward and the National Technical Officer roles in a new model that will see these two positions be more leadership and recruitment oriented than administration (which Warrick now handles as part of his full-time duties). Permits Manager, Jeanette Smyth is now fully up to speed has been hard at work assisting Clubs and issuing Permits/Supplementary Rules for 2019.

Last but not least many Clubs continue to delight their members by capitalising on recent year KartSport initiatives of new2018-group.jpg classes, engine and assorted rule enhancements, choosing to take the learnings gained from the many eye opening annual Conference presenters of recent years to deliver on new and fun experiences at Club and top level Group E competition. This was well illustrated at KartSport New Zealand’s annual Conference in August where we witnessed a number of Clubs graphically illustrate their success, not just at club racer level but also in supporting and encouraging input and koha in the form of volunteer efforts from members, friends and families, but also their top level racers and pro active trade partners. While there was stiff competition, KartSport Whangarei took out the honours and the cash once again as 2018 Club of the Year.  

In a time where Fake News flourishes and customers/members/families/supporters disposable time and funds are soScott at 2018 NZ Sprint Champs.jpg precious it is rewarding to see KartSport is one of the few sports in New Zealand largely retaining membership numbers and in fact seeing Senior classes start to make a comeback including some great racers from many years past making a return to their roots for some fun and healthy bang for bucks competition. True, various classes wax and wane as waves flow through but to have held the line now in terms of membership participation for a number of years against the likes of Rugby, Cricket and other traditional kiwi sports who are being decimated by modern distractions, is a testament to the vision and volunteer commitment shown by so many of you.  

Above all we salute our competitors for their outstanding perseverance, professionalism and passion, here is to a fabulous and fun 2019 at whatever you level you choose to participate in KartSport.

Eyes Forward!

Graeme Moore
National President

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