Sunny Summer Slam
Attracts Driver from Afar

 Statistically it is the hottest part of the country and last weekend was no exception with Northland turning on three days of brilliant sun and sauna like heat for the Whangarei Roofing and Bricks Summer Slam hosted by Kartsport Whangarei.saitsummerslam.jpg
The annual Summer Slam event last weekend once more attracted competitors of all ages from Auckland, Rotorua and Whakatane's respective clubs to take on the locals at their newly upgraded circuit and facilities in a bid to steal away with the coveted trophies.

The Business Coaching New Zealand Raceway in Austins Road Maunu was kept busy with over 50 entries and an overall attendance of over 200 people either involved directly or coming to watch the club's largest event of the season.

Many of the drivers came along to test out the new track for their first time and check out the new facilities.

Some were there to tune up their skill prior to the opening round of the Top Half Series in April in Tokoroa and also to test on the upgraded circuit for when Whangarei hosts the second round of the series on May 24.

"Over 100 drivers are expected for the Top Half series when it comes here in May." said Club Captain Brendon White.

"I think the cadet classes were the hungriest over the weekend and there were many red flags in their races due to collisions. They all wanted to win and there w a lot of competitors." he said.

Liam Sceats won the Cadet Raket over Callum Armstrong and Zeal Jones while Asten Addy took out the Cadet ROK category ahead of Dylan Grant and Liam Sceats.

The senior class of Clubsport 120 was another highlight ot the weekend where every driver was competitive and there was no choosing who would win that class until the end of eight gruelling heats. Dean Oliver eventually came out on top in the category over Richard Macey and Steve Carter.

There were just a couple of points separating the top two drivers in the fastest class of the weekend which was Formula Junior for the under 14 year olds. In the high horsepower karts they are the ones who may well become the professional drivers of New Zealand's tomorrow. Dylan Smith took overall honours in Formula Junior over Ashton Grant and Connor Burson.

In Junior Restricted Yamaha it was Leo Scott on the top step of the podium. Ryan Crombie won Vortex Mini ROK from Joshua Parkinson and in the powerful high-speed Rotax class Brendon White won the weekend ahead of Richard Macey and Terry Sage.

"It was a great weekend had by all, lets do it again next year." said White.
Event Sponsors:
Cadet Rok Sponsored By Machinery Doc
Rotax Max Light Sponsored By Barrells100%
Junior Restricted 100cc Sponsored By Donovans Trade Supplies
Vortex Mini Rok Sponsored By Skipps Logging
Formula Junior Sponsored By Jeff Oliver Print
Rotax Max Heavy Sponsored By Bindons
Clubsport 120 Sponsored By Ullrich Aluminium

Caption: Cadet ROK driver Keith Sait #38 gets under Kaden Probst #48. Credit Iain Whitaker

Report by Brendon White and Iain Whitaker

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